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HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE
This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute, a program designed to equip believers for effective spiritual harvest. The basic theme of the training is to teach what Jesus taught, that which took men who were fishermen, tax collectors, etc., and changed them into reproductive Christians who reached their world with the Gospel in a demonstration of power. This manual is a single course in one of several modules of curriculum which moves believers from visualizing through deputizing, multiplying, organizing, and mobilizing to achieve the goal of evangelizing. For further information on additional courses write: Harvestime International Institute
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
How To Use This Manual . Suggestions For Group Study Introduction . . . Course Objectives . . 1. Introducing The Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I II 1 2 3 17 26 43 58 74 101 110 127 143 173 196 218
2. Representing The Holy Spirit . 3. The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit 4. The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
5. Introduction To The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit 6. Special Gifts Of The Holy Spirit 7. Speaking Gifts Of The Holy Spirit 8. Serving Gifts Of The Holy Spirit 9. Sign Gifts Of The Holy Spirit . 10. Discovering Your Spiritual Gift 11. Fruit Of the Holy Spirit 12. The Works Of The Flesh 13. Developing Spiritual Fruit Appendix: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Passages On Spiritual Gifts From The Amplified Version Of The Bible . . . . .
Answers To Self-Tests
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
MANUAL FORMAT Each lesson consists of: Objectives: These are the goals you should achieve by studying the chapter. Read them before starting the lesson. Key Verse: This verse emphasizes the main concept of the chapter. Memorize it. Chapter Content: Study each section. Use your Bible to look up any references not printed in the manual. Self-Test: Take this test after you finish studying the chapter. Try to answer the questions without using your Bible or this manual. When you have concluded the SelfTest, check your answers in the answer section provided at the end of the book. For Further Study: This section will help you continue your study of the Word of God, improve your study skills, and apply what you have learned to your life and ministry. Final Examination: If you are enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final examination along with this course. Upon conclusion of this course, you should complete this examination and return it for grading as instructed.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED You will need a King James version of the Bible.
SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP STUDY
FIRST MEETING Opening: Open with prayer and introductions. Get acquainted and register the students. Establish Group Procedures: Determine who will lead the meetings, the time, place, and dates for the sessions. Praise And Worship: Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your training session. Distribute Manuals To Students: Introduce the manual title, format, and course objectives provided in the first few pages of the manual. Make The First Assignment: Students will read the chapters assigned and take the SelfTests prior to the next meeting. The number of chapters you cover per meeting will depend on chapter length, content, and the abilities of your group. SECOND AND FOLLOWING MEETINGS Opening: Pray. Welcome and register any new students and give them a manual. Take attendance. Have a time of praise and worship. Review: Present a brief summary of what you studied at the last meeting. Lesson: Discuss each section of the chapter using the HEADINGS IN CAPITAL BOLD FACED LETTERS as a teaching outline. Ask students for questions or comments on what they have studied. Apply the lesson to the lives and ministries of your students. Self-Test: Review the Self-Tests students have completed. (Note: If you do not want the students to have access to the answers to the Self-Tests, you may remove the answer pages from the back of each manual.) For Further Study: You may do these projects on a group or individual basis. Final Examination: If your group is enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final examination with this course. Reproduce a copy for each student and administer the exam upon conclusion of this course.
Module: Deputizing Course: The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit INTRODUCTION During one of his missionary trips the Apostle Paul questioned a group of believers about the Holy Spirit. to exhortation. Both reveal much about His ministry. gifts. "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost" (Acts 19:2).give attendance to reading.. nor by power.* Paul shared the message of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with these Christians (Acts 19). 1 . Paul said: .. Their answer was. (I Timothy 4:13) It is not through the natural powers of man that God moves in our world. It discusses the titles given the Holy Spirit and emblems which represent Him. God promised: And it shall come to pass in the last days. (Acts 2:17) The fact that God is willing at this time to pour out His Spirit upon us makes this study important. (Zechariah 4:6) This course examines the nature and personality of the Holy Spirit. We must understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to be part of this special revelation of the power of God. The purposes. identifying spiritual gifts. He is called either the Holy Spirit or the H oly G ho st. ____________________ * The term "Holy Ghost" used in the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit. He asked if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. Today it is equally important that believers understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit.. I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. saith God. The study of the Holy Spirit is one of the major doctrines of the Bible. but by my Spirit saith the Lord. Practical guidelines are given for experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. and developing the fruit of the Holy Spirit. and fruit of the Holy Spirit are examined in detail. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit: Not by might. to doctrine..
Identify your spiritual gift(s). List and define the gifts of the Spirit. Describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Identify the works of the flesh. Explain how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course you will be able to: C C C C C C C C C C C Describe the personality of the Holy Spirit. List various names and titles of the Holy Spirit. Develop the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. 2 . Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Identify the fruit of the Spirit. Identify emblems representing the Holy Spirit.
It explains His position in the Trinity of God. As previously noted. Explain the nature of the Holy Spirit. The personal pronoun "He" is also used. when He was baptized. KEY VERSES: And Jesus. as the Holy Spirit is one of three persons of the Trinity of God. The Bible is the Word of God which reveals His special plan for all mankind. John John John John 15:26 16:7 16:14 16:13 THE TRIUNE NATURE OF GOD There are many gods worshiped throughout the world. in whom I am well pleased. but there is only one true God. discusses His personality traits. the title "Holy Ghost" is used to identify the Holy Spirit. and warns about His sensitive nature. -He shall not speak of Himself. -He shall glorify me. and lighting upon Him.CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCING THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C Identify the Holy Spirit as part of the Trinity of God. the heavens were opened unto Him. went up straightway out of the water. lo. (Matthew 3:16-17) INTRODUCTION This chapter introduces the Holy Spirit. saying. And lo a voice from heaven. 3 . List personality traits of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Bible contains the story of this true God. -I will send Him unto you.” Jesus said: -He shall speak of me. and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. and. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as "He. This is my beloved Son.
in whom I am well pleased.One of the things the Bible reveals is that God has a triune nature. (John 15:26) The Apostle Paul spoke of the triune nature of the Holy Spirit: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. went up straightway out of the water: and. Jesus is being baptized.* GOD. when He was baptized. yet one God. why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God which consists of the Father. lo. He is three persons. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit: But when the Comforter is come. (Acts 5:3-4) Since He is called God. the heavens were opened unto Him.have special functions on behalf of mankind.thou hast not lied unto men. but unto God. The three personalities are united as one in the Godhead..” An outline for study of God and Jesus is also provided in the "Fo r Furth er Stud y" se ction o f this chap ter. the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. Each part of the Trinity. He shall testify of me. This is my beloved Son. the Son Jesus Christ. __________________ * The study of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son is given in a separate Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Spiritual Strategies.. the Holy Spirit descends on Him. even the Spirit of truth. 4 .. and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven saying. and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. and God speaks: And Jesus. This course concerns the ministry and purpose of the Holy Spirit.. Ananias. The Key Verses for this chapter reveal clearly the triune nature of God. and the Holy Spirit.. whom I will send unto you from the Father. (Matthew 3:16-17) Prior to returning to Heaven after His ministry on earth. THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit is called God: But Peter said. which proceedeth from the Father.the Father.. and the Holy Spirit. the Son Jesus Christ. This means His personality is revealed in three different forms.
(II Corinthians 13:14) For through Him [the Son] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. and the love of God. in that it was weak through the flesh. He hath shed forth this. (Ephesians 2:18) The Apostle Peter also spoke of the triune nature of God: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ. and the communion of the Holy Ghost.. but on your part He is glorified. When we speak of His nature we mean the basic qualities which describe Him. the Holy Spirit has a special nature. be with you all. (Acts 2:33) The following diagram illustrates the triune nature of God. Jesus Christ the Son. condemned sin in the flesh.For what the law could not do. and for sin. (Romans 8:2-3) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are three personalities. (I Peter 4:14) The book of Acts also verifies the triune nature of God: Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted. happy are ye. in the likeness of sinful flesh. God sending His own Son..God the Father.. and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is: OMNIPRESENT: This means He is present everywhere: 5 . which ye now see and hear..yet they are one God: Holy Spirit Father Son NATURE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT As part of the Trinity of God. for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of. and the Holy Spirit.
but the Spirit of God. purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14) The eternal nature of the Holy Spirit can be illustrated by a circle. He had no beginning and will have no ending: How much more shall the blood of Christ. (Psalms 62:11) But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. yea the deep things of God. save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man. For what man knoweth the things of a man. yet it exists: The Eternal Nature Of The Holy Spirit 6 . who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God. The circle has no starting or ending points.Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (Psalms 139:7) OMNISCIENT: This means He knows all things: But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. (Acts 1:8) ETERNAL: This means He is everlasting.. twice have I heard this. for the Spirit searcheth all things. (I Corinthians 2:10-11) OMNIPOTENT: This means the Holy Spirit is all powerful: God hath spoken once.. that power belongeth unto God.
(I Corinthians 12:11) The will of the Holy Spirit guides believers by denying permission for certain actions: Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia. they assayed to go into Bithynia... and join thyself to this chariot. The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit. HAS A MIND: And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit. yea. (Romans 8:27) SEARCHES OUT THE HUMAN MIND: But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. for the Spirit searcheth all things. (Acts 16:6-7) The will of the Holy Spirit also guides believers by granting permission: And after he had seen the vision. (Acts 16:10) SPEAKS: He spoke to Philip: Then the Spirit said unto Philip. but the Holy Spirit also has an individual personality. After they were come to Mysia... dividing to every man severally as He will. and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia.THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God. Go near. but the Spirit suffered them not. (Acts 8:29) He spoke to Peter: 7 . assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel unto them. (I Corinthians 2:10) HAS A WILL: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit. the deep things of God.
but unto God. the Spirit said unto him. that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me. This means He has feelings that can be affected by the actions of man. Because of the sensitive nature of the Holy Spirit. brethren.Thou has not lied unto me. Behold.. for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake. why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost. the Bible warns that you should not: LIE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: But Peter said. but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered [spoken]. and to keep back part of the price of the land? . (Romans 15:30) INTERCEDES: One of the personality traits of the Holy Spirit is that He is an intercessor. LOVES: Now I beseech you. and fasted. (Acts 10:19) He spoke to the elders in the city of Antioch: As they ministered to the Lord. Resisting the Holy Spirit is not yielding to Him when He 8 . (Acts 5:3-4) RESIST THE SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit has specific ministries on behalf of the believer which will be discussed in Chapter Three of this course. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.. the Holy Ghost said. (Acts 13:2) Revelation chapters 2 and 3 records several messages spoken by the Holy Spirit to seven churches in Asia. Ananias. (Romans 8:26) SENSITIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature. three men seek thee. for we know not what we should pray for as we ought. This means He prays to God on behalf of others: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities.While Peter thought on the vision. and for the love of the Spirit.
The nation of Israel grieved the Holy Spirit: How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness. The word "quench" is used elsewhere in the Bible in reference to putting out a fire. The Bible warns: Quench not the Spirit. and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened. Grieving the Holy Spirit is doing something that the Holy Spirit does NOT want us to do. whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. an unholy thing. so do ye. and grieve Him in the desert! (Psalms 78:40) The Bible warns: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. and the powers of the world to come. It is like throwing water on a fire. suppose ye. 9 . (I Thessalonians 5:19) GRIEVE THE SPIRIT: Quenching the Holy Spirit is not doing what the Holy Spirit would have us do. When you quench the Holy Spirit it stops the flow of His power within you. who hath trodden under foot the Son of God. ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did. (Acts 7:51) QUENCH THE SPIRIT: You quench the Holy Spirit when you refuse to do what the Holy Spirit would have you to do. and have tasted of the heavenly gift. And have tasted the good word of God. (Ephesians 4:30) INSULT THE SPIRIT: You insult the Holy Spirit by going back into sin after you have experienced forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ: Of how much sorer punishment. wherewith he was sanctified. and hath counted the blood of the covenant.tries to minister in your life: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears. shall he be thought worthy. and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.
then what could ever possibly convince them to believe? VEX THE HOLY SPIRIT: To vex the Holy Spirit means to irritate. and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy. it shall not be forgiven him. to renew them again unto repentance. (Matthew 12:31-32) The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit has been called the "unpardonable sin" because according to this passage it is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness. Israel. when they vexed the Holy Spirit: But they rebelled. (Hebrews 6:4-6) BLASPHEME THE SPIRIT: Wherefore I say unto you. All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. it shall be forgiven him. (Isaiah 63:10) 10 . or make angry.If they shall fall away. seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh. neither in this world neither in the world to come. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man. The Holy Spirit produces many visible confirming signs of God's power. To blaspheme means to speak abusive words which reject the power of the Holy Spirit as being of God and claim it is of Satan. The Holy Spirit is vexed by the disobedience and unbelief of mankind. annoy. provoke. and put Him to an open shame. but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost. Jesus was saying that if a person could not accept these miraculous signs as proof of the truth of the Gospel. If a person totally rejects the power of the Holy Spirit then he can never be saved because it is the Holy Spirit which draws sinful men to Jesus Christ. The Prophet Isaiah records what happened to God's people. and He fought against them.
__________the Spirit. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God which consists of God the___________. 2.) 11 . Because the Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature. __________the Spirit. God the ________. and God the __________ __________. This means He is everlasting. __________the Spirit. the Bible warns that you should not: _______to the Holy Spirit _________the Spirit. The first is done as an example. __________the Spirit. This means He is present everywhere. 4. _______the Spirit. List the six personality traits of the Holy Spirit discussed in this chapter: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ 4. The Triune Nature Of The Holy Spirit List One __5__Equal _____Omnipresent _____Omniscient _____Omnipotent _____Eternal List Two 1. (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. This means He is one with the Father and the Son. What does it mean when we say the Holy Spirit has "a sensitive nature"? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. Read the words in list one and the definitions in list two. This means He knows all things. 3. Write the Key Verses from memory. This means He is all powerful.SELF-TEST 1. 5. 6. Write the number of the definition in front of the word which it best describes. 3.
the word "Yahweh" means God. John 1:12-13 Means Lord or Master: Exodus 23:17. They are descriptive of the bearer of the name. Isaiah 10:16. The names for God include: Jehovah: Jehovah-Rapha: Jehovah-Nissi: Jehovah-Shalom: Jehovah-Ra'ah: Jehovah-Tsidkenu: Jehovah-Jireh: Jehovah-Shammah: Elohim: Father: Adonai: El: El Shaddai: Elolam: El Elyon: Means Lord. This word is combined with other words to reveal more about the character 12 . In the Bible names are more than an identification. The following outline will assist you in study of the other two persons of the Trinity. The Bible combines this with other names for God: "The Lord that healeth": Exodus 15:26 "The Lord our banner": Exodus 17:8-15 "The Lord our peace": Judges 6:24 "The Lord my shepherd": Psalms 23:1 "The Lord our righteousness": Jeremiah 23:6 "The Lord who provides": Genesis 22:14 "The Lord is there": Ezekiel 48:35 Which means God. Son and Holy Spirit: -The Father testified of the Son: -The Son testified of the Father: -The Son testified of the Spirit: Matthew 3:17 John 5:19-20 John 14:26 GOD THE FATHER God is Creator of all things: Nehemiah 9:6 NAMES OF GOD: The word "God" [one who is worshiped] is a title men use to describe the Supreme Being. God the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. used where the creative power of God is implied: Acts 17:28.FOR FURTHER STUDY The subject of this course is the Holy Spirit who is one personality of the Trinity of God. THE TRINITY God is a triune being composed of the Father. The Bible gives several other names for God.33 This is often used in combination with other words for God: "The God who is sufficient for the needs of His people": Exodus 6:3 "The everlasting God": Genesis 21:33 "Most high God. exalted above all other gods": Genesis 14:18-20 In the Hebrew language in which the Old Testament was written.
Amos 4:13. 32:39. Nehemiah 9:5. Deuteronomy 3:24. Revelation 4:8-10 One: This means He is a unity of the three persons in one: Exodus 20:3. Deuteronomy 4:39. 5:8. 17:1. Proverbs 15:3.39. Exodus 15:18. Proverbs 15:3. Joshua 2:11. Isaiah 44:6-8. I Timothy 1:17 Omnipotent: Genesis 1:1. Nehemiah 9:6. Isaiah 66:1. Jeremiah 10:10. 19:6 Omnipresent: Genesis 28:15-16. Amos 9:2-4. Daniel 3:17. Revelation 15:3. Ephesians 1:23. Jeremiah 23:23-24.15. Deuteronomy 33:27. The attributes of God are listed below.22 ATTRIBUTES OF GOD: Attributes means characteristics. Matthew 19:26..of God. "The "The "The "The "The "The "The "The "The "The Lord provides": Lord is my banner": Lord is peace": Lord of Hosts": Lord thy Sanctifier": Lord. II Samuel 7:22. Job 40:2. I Kings 8:60. God is called: -Yahweh Jireh: -Yahweh Nissi: -Yahweh Shalom: -Yahweh Sabbaoth: -Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: -Yahweh Roi: -Yahweh Tsidkenu: -Yahweh Shammah: -Yahweh Elohim Israel: -Quadosh Israel: WHERE IS GOD? God's throne is in a place called Heaven.my shepherd": Lord our righteousness": Lord is there": Lord God of Israel": Holy One of Israel": Genesis 22:14 Exodus 17:15 Judges 6:24 I Samuel 1:3 Exodus 31:13 Psalms 23:1 Jeremiah 23:6 Ezekiel 48:35 Judges 5:3 Isaiah 1:4 13 . 18:14.. Deuteronomy 4:35. Isaiah 40:12-15. Jeremiah 32:17. but He inhabits the whole universe also. I Chronicles 16:25. Ezekiel 10:5. II Kings 19:15. 6:4. Isaiah 66:1. I Samuel 2:2. Exodus 15:7. God is everywhere: II Chronicles 16:9. Psalms 139:7-8 HOW BIG IS GOD? God is bigger than the universe. Psalms 90:2. There are no instruments of man that will measure Him: Isaiah 40:12. Acts 7:48-49. God is: A spirit: John 4:24 Infinite: [Not subject to human limitations]: I Kings 8:27. Zechariah 12:1. 4:35.6.
Jeremiah 1:4. II Thessalonians 3:3. and John. Psalms 32:5. 139:116. Luke. Revelation 15:3 Merciful: Titus 3:5. Ephesians 2:4.29. I Corinthians 1:24. TITLES GIVEN JESUS CHRIST: The name "Jesus" means "Savior or deliverer": Matthew 1:21 The name "Christ" means "the anointed one: John 3:34 Additional titles given Jesus Christ in the Bible: 14 . Jeremiah 31:3 Good: Psalms 25:8. 43:14-15. Joshua 24:19. Daniel 2:22. Luke 1:49. Romans 2:4. Hebrews 6:18. Hebrews 4:13. I Samuel 2:2: Psalms 5:4. is recorded in the books of Matthew. Isaiah 25:1. Psalms 31:19. Leviticus 11:44-45. I Thessalonians 5:24. Hosea 11:4. 20:26. Romans 8:39.30. Deuteronomy 4:31. JESUS CHRIST LIFE OF CHRIST: The story of Jesus Christ. I Chronicles 28:9. II Kings 8:10. James 1:13. Isaiah 29:15-16. 10:13. Romans 8:27. Ezekiel 11:5. 15:3-4 Faithful: Exodus 34:6. Psalms 68:10. Jeremiah 10:12. 23:14. 111:9. Ephesians 3:10. Acts 15:8.5. and teachings of Jesus Christ.Omniscient: Genesis 18:18.19. II Corinthians 1:20. Isaiah 49:15-16. death. Lamentations 3:22. Isaiah 6:3. 40:28. Mark. life. and resurrection. I Peter 4:19. I Samuel 15:29. Luke 16:15. the Son. Isaiah 49:13. 15:8. Matthew 5:45. Jeremiah 23:9. Numbers 23:19. Jeremiah 4:28. 54:7 Loving: Deuteronomy 7:8. Daniel 9:9. Zephaniah 3:17.18. Romans 3:4. Proverbs 3:19. Psalms 94:9. I Corinthians 1:9. Daniel 9:4. 147:4-5. Psalms 145:9. Romans 11:33. Daniel 2:20-21. 2:6-7. 145:17. II Timothy 2:13. Nahum 1:7.28. Colossians 2:2-3 Holy: Exodus 15:11. I Peter 1:15-16. Joshua 21:43-45. 10:23. I Peter 1:2.25. Micah 7:20. I Corinthians 3:20. II Timothy 2:19. Acts 14:17. Ezekiel 12:25. Jeremiah 3:12. Revelation 4:8. 85:5 GOD THE SON. Study these books for a complete record of the birth. Proverbs 15:3. Luke 18:7-8. I John 3:20 Wise: Psalms 104:24.13. Amos 4:13.
14 John 1:29 Because He is part of the Trinity of God. Jesus Christ has the same attributes as God.-The good shepherd: -Light of the world: -Bread of life: -The way: -The truth: -The life: -The King of kings and Lord of lords: -Son of man: -Son of David: -The last Adam: -Dayspring from on high: -Son of God: -Only begotten Son: -Chief corner stone: -Great High Priest: -The mediator: -The lion of the tribe of Judah: -The Alpha and Omega [first and last]: -Righteous judge: -King of the Jews: -King of Israel: -Author and Finisher of our faith: -Blessed and only Potentate: -Prince of life: -Captain of Salvation: -The Lord: -The Savior: -The Christ: -The Logos or Word: -The Lamb of God: ATTRIBUTES OF JESUS CHRIST: John 10:11 John 8:12 John 6:48 John 14:6 John 14:6 John 14:6 Revelation 19:16 Matthew 17:22 Matthew 1:1 I Corinthians 15:45 Luke 1:78 Matthew 16:16 John 3:16 Ephesians 2:20 Hebrews 4:14 Hebrews 12:24 Revelation 5:5 Revelation 1:8 II Timothy 4:8 Mark 15:26 John 1:49 Hebrews 12:2 I Timothy 6:15 Acts 3:15 Hebrews 2:10 Acts 2:36 John 4:42 Mark 1:1 John 1:1. 8:58 Hebrews 13:8 15 . John 21:17 Matthew 18:20. The Bible verifies some of these specifically in the following verses. 28:20 John 1:1-2. Jesus is: Omnipotent: Omniscient: Omnipresent: Eternal: Unchangeable: Matthew 28:18 Matthew 16:30.
the fact that He was part of the Godhead.DEITY OF JESUS: The book of John emphasizes the Deity of Jesus. Each chapter makes a reference to this. Read the selected verses on the following page and summarize each in the space provided: 1:49 _________________________ 2:11 _________________________ 3:16 _________________________ 4:26 _________________________ 5:25 _________________________ 6:33__________________________ 7:29 _________________________ 8:58 _________________________ 9:37 _________________________ 10:30 ________________________ 11:27 _________________________ 12:32 _________________________ 13:13 __________________________ 14:11 _________________________ 15:1 __________________________ 16:28 _________________________ 17:1 __________________________ 18:11 _________________________ 19:7 __________________________ 20:28 _________________________ 21:14 _________________________ 16 .
CHAPTER TWO REPRESENTING THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: -Identify emblems of the Holy Spirit. TITLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A title is a descriptive phrase which explains a person's position and/or function. -List titles of the Holy Spirit. it explains his position in government and his function as leader of the nation. -Explain what each emblem represents. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16) 17 . KEY VERSE: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. For example. The Holy Spirit is called: THE SPIRIT OF GOD: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16) INTRODUCTION The titles and emblems representing the Holy Spirit provide knowledge of His nature and functions on behalf of the believer. Titles and emblems of the Holy Spirit are the subject of this chapter as we continue this introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The titles given to the Holy Spirit in the Bible reveal much about His position and function. if a person has the title of "President" of a country.
(Romans 8:2) THE SPIRIT OF GLORY: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ. that shall He speak. he is none of His. He reveals this truth to mankind: Howbeit when He. wherewith he was sanctified. happy are ye: for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace. (I Peter 4:14) THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION: The Holy Spirit gives wisdom to believers and reveals knowledge of Jesus Christ: 18 . (Romans 8:9) THE ETERNAL SPIRIT: This means the Holy Spirit is everlasting. (John 16:13) THE SPIRIT OF GRACE: Of how much sorer punishment. and He will show you things to come. but in the Spirit. but whatsoever He shall hear. shall he be thought worthy. with no beginning and no end: How much more shall the blood of Christ. is come.THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST: But ye are not in the flesh. who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ. He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself. the Bible. purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14) THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH: The Holy Spirit is the source of truth which inspired God's Word. and hath counted the blood of the covenant. an unholy thing. suppose ye. the Spirit of truth. if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. who hath trodden under foot the Son of God. (Hebrews 10:29) THE SPIRIT OF LIFE: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
which saith. Abba. whom the Father will send in my name. commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem. but wait for the promise of the Father. (II Corinthians 4:13) THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION: It is through the Holy Spirit that we are "adopted" into the family of God as the children of God: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear. whereby we cry. (Romans 1:4) THE SPIRIT OF FAITH: We having the same spirit of faith. according to the Spirit of holiness. and loneliness: But the Comforter. but ye have received the Spirit of adoption. we also believe. (Acts 1:4-5) THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: And declared to be the Son of God with power. and therefore speak. may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. For John truly baptized with water. by the resurrection from the dead. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. I believe and therefore have I spoken.. which is the Holy Ghost. ye have heard of me. sorrow.That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:15) 19 . (Ephesians 1:17) THE COMFORTER: The Holy Spirit comforts believers in times of trouble.. the Father of glory. Father. (John 14:26) THE SPIRIT OF PROMISE: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of promise because He is the Spirit that was sent to fulfill the promise of God: And being assembled together with them. according as it is written.
and recovering of sight to the blind. An emblem represents something. because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. Oil indicates light. to set at liberty them that are bruised. I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove. I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove. (Psalms 55:6) Purity: My dove. (Song of Solomon 6:9) OIL: Oil is used in the Bible as a symbol or emblem of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10:38) 20 . and be at rest. is but one. saying. and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. purity. healing. saying. to preach deliverance to the captives. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.. for God was with Him. He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted. (John 1:32) Approval: And John bare record.EMBLEMS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Bible uses several emblems to represent the Holy Spirit. It is a symbol which has a special meaning. and it abode upon Him. and peace: And John bare record. (John 1:32) Peace: And I said. and anointing for service. Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away. All of these are given to a believer through the Holy Spirit. The following are emblems used in the Bible to represent the Holy Spirit: THE DOVE: The Holy Spirit was revealed in the form of a dove at the time of the baptism of Jesus. and it abode upon Him. my undefiled.. This emblem of the Holy Spirit indicates approval. (Luke 4:18) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good.
therefore God. The Holy Spirit has sealed believers as belonging to God. In whom ye also trusted. even thy God. But this spake He of the Spirit. were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. saying. (Isaiah 44:3) A SEAL: A seal is a special mark indicating ownership. (II Corinthians 1:22) WIND: The wind is also an emblem of the Holy Spirit. the gospel of your salvation: in whom also. (Hebrews 1:9) WATER: Water signifies the new life and cleansing from sin that the Holy Spirit brings to the believer. whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. and my blessing upon thine offspring. It indicates their salvation is a finished work. It also indicates a finished transaction. hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.Thou hast loved righteousness. which they that believe on Him should receive. for the Holy Ghost was not yet given. (Ephesians 4:30) Who hath also sealed us. If any man thirst let him come unto me. and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed. (John 7:37-39) For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty. as the scripture hath said. out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Jesus stood and cried. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit being like water: In the last day. after that ye heard the word of truth. and drink. He that believeth on me. (Ephesians 1:13) And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. because that Jesus was not yet glorified. and hated iniquity. It represents the power of the Holy Spirit: 21 . that great day of the feast. after that ye believed.
but canst not tell whence it cometh. and thou hearest the sound thereof. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. FIRE: Fire is another emblem of the Holy Spirit. so is every one that is born of the Spirit. but mature spiritual life through spiritual fruit which result from the seed of the Word. These functions are natural parallels of the functions of the "wind" of the Holy Spirit: Wind Produces Life: It scatters seeds as it blows and this brings new growth. The Holy Spirit produces life through the seeds of the Word of God as they are scattered in the hearts and minds of men. and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:1-2) You cannot see the wind in the natural world. but you can certainly see visible effects of the wind. (John 3:8) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come. (Exodus 3:2) 22 . and behold. The Holy Spirit serves as a purifying power in the life of the believer. Wind Separates The Wheat From The Chaff: It purifies as it blows away the debris. and the bush was not consumed. the bush burned with fire. Fire signifies: The Presence Of The Lord: And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush: and he looked. In the natural world the wind has special functions.The wind bloweth where it listeth. Wind Fans Dying Coals And Sets Them Ablaze: The wind of the Holy Spirit "fans" God's people in revival and makes them a flaming fire of ministry to the world. they were all with one accord in one place. This life is not only eternal life of salvation. and whither it goeth.
and when the people saw. and it sat upon each of them. they shouted. to give them light. fire was used as a symbol of His presence: And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire. Additional ministries of the Holy Spirit are detailed in the next chapter. Read this passage in your Bible. to lead them in the way. to go by day and night. (Acts 2:3) Judgment: For our God is a consuming fire. and fell on their faces. and by night in a pillar of fire.Approval Of The Lord: And there came a fire out from before the Lord. 23 . (Leviticus 9:24) Protection And Guidance: And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud. (Hebrews 12:29) REPRESENTING THE HOLY SPIRIT The names and emblems representing the Holy Spirit reveal only some of His purposes and ministry. and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat. The Gift Of The Holy Spirit: When the Holy Spirit was first given. (Exodus 13:21) Purifying: Isaiah 6:1-8 tells of the Prophet Isaiah being purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Write the Key Verse from memory. 4. anointing for service. Indicates power. healing. Thirteen titles of the Holy Spirit were discussed in this chapter. 3.SELF-TEST 1. Read the definitions in list two. Write the number of the definition on the blank in front of the emblem which it best describes. Indicates life and cleansing. Indicates ownership. Stands for purity and peace. ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Read the list of emblems of the Holy Spirit in list one. List Two 1. 2. List the six things that fire signifies: ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ 5. How many can you list? ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. What is an emblem? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. 5. Emblems Of The Holy Spirit List One _____Wind _____A seal _____Water _____A dove _____Oil 4. Indicates light.) 24 . Fire is an emblem of the Holy Spirit.
25 . -57 times in the book of Acts.FOR FURTHER STUDY In the New Testament there are 261 passages which refer to the Holy Spirit. -148 times in the remaining New Testament. Read the entire New Testament through. He is mentioned: -56 times in the Gospels of Matthew. Luke and John. Mark. As you read. circle each mention of the Holy Spirit. Study these passages to increase your knowledge of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
He shall teach you all things. they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (John 14:26) INTRODUCTION The purpose of this chapter is to describe the ministries of the Holy Spirit from creation of the world through His present ministry to believers. CREATION The Holy Spirit was active in creation of the earth: And the earth was without form.CHAPTER THREE THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C Explain the ministry of the Holy Spirit concerning: C Creation C Scriptures C Israel C Satan C Jesus C The sinner C The Church C Believers KEY VERSE: But the Comforter. which is the Holy Ghost. (Genesis 1:2) Thou sendest forth thy spirit. and darkness was upon the face of the deep. whom the Father will send in my name. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Psalms 104:30) 26 . and bring all things to your remembrance. and void. whatsoever I have said unto you.
whom the Father will send in my name. (John 14:26) ISRAEL The nation of Israel was chosen by God as a people through which He could reveal Himself and fulfill His master plan in the world. for correction. (II Peter 1:21) INSPIRATION: He guided these writers so the message would be accurate: All scripture is given by inspiration of God. for instruction in righteousness. whatsoever I have said unto you. The ministry of the Holy Spirit to Israel is evident from the very beginning of the nation. the capitol of Israel. The experiences of Israel provided an example both of success and failure for believers. and bring all things to your remembrance. for reproof. The Holy Spirit: 27 . From Jerusalem. thoroughly furnished unto all good works.SCRIPTURES The Holy Spirit's ministry involves the written Word of God which is called the Holy Scriptures or the Holy Bible. He shall teach you all things. The Holy Spirit ministered by: REVELATION: He spoke to human writers the message of God: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. was through Israel that the Messiah came to save men from sin. and is profitable for doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16-17) ILLUMINATION: He enlightens human hearts to understand the message of the Gospel: But the Comforter. which is the Holy Ghost. That the man of God may be perfect. the Gospel message spread throughout the world.
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. neither the sea. The references are listed in the "For Further Study" section of this chapter.CAME UPON THE LEADERS OF ISRAEL: There are too many examples of this to reproduce all the verses as part of this manual. (Exodus 40:34) And it came to pass. that the cloud filled the house of the Lord. forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness so that they lacked nothing. (Revelation 7:2-4) WILL COME UPON ISRAEL DURING THE MILLENNIUM: The Millennium is a thousand years of peace during which Jesus will reign on the earth: 28 . Saying. and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.. having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels. and gavest them water for their thirst. (I Kings 8:10) GUIDED THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND: Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them. and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth. nor the trees. Hurt not the earth. Yea. (Nehemiah 9:20) WILL COME UPON ISRAEL DURING THE TRIBULATION: The tribulation is a future time of great trouble on the earth. till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I saw another angel ascending from the east. to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea.. when the priests were come out of the holy place. Study of this subject will provide understanding of how the Holy Spirit moved in the lives of people during Old Testament times. God will place a special mark of protection on Israel. CAME UPON ISRAEL'S PLACES OF WORSHIP: Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation.
Even him. because they received not the love of the truth.When the enemy shall come in like a flood. and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. And then shall that Wicked be revealed. with the spirit of His mouth. until he be taken out of the way. the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced. and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. and shall be in bitterness for Him. (Isaiah 59:19) When the Holy Spirit is removed from the world. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee. Jesus was: CONCEIVED BY THE SPIRIT: And the angel answered and said unto her. whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. therefore also that 29 . that they might be saved. as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem. then the spirit of the antichrist will have control for a period of time. (II Thessalonians 2:7-12) JESUS The ministry of the Holy Spirit was evident in the life of Jesus. the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.And I will pour upon the house of David. (Zechariah 12:10) SATAN The Holy Spirit even has a ministry concerning Satan. as one mourneth for his only son. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. and they shall mourn for Him. The antichrist will be an evil world leader: For the mystery of iniquity doeth already work: only he who now letteth will let. whom the Lord shall consume.. The Holy Spirit is the restraining spiritual force that limits the power of Satan: .
.20) ANOINTED BY THE SPIRIT: And Jesus. thou son of David. which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed. to set at liberty them that are bruised.holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.. even thy God. and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.. (Luke 4:18) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good. when He was baptized. went up straightway out of the water: and. (Matthew 1:18. the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream. for God was with Him.. to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind. and lighting upon Him. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted. Behold. (Matthew 4:1) 30 . and hated iniquity. and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove.. when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph. (Matthew 3:16) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. (Acts 10:38) Thou hast loved righteousness. (Luke 1:35) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. Joseph. fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. lo. before they came together. therefore God. she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. (Hebrews 1:9) SEALED BY THE SPIRIT: Labour not for the meat which perisheth.. (John 6:27) LED BY THE SPIRIT: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. the heavens were opened unto Him. saying.
Lord of heaven and earth. that He might bring us to God.EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God. but quickened by the Spirit. by the resurrection from the dead. He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. (Matthew 12:28) FILLED BY THE SPIRIT: And Jesus. and hast revealed them unto babes: even so. that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent. being put to death in the flesh. (John 11:33) REJOICED IN THE SPIRIT: In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit and said. Father. who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God. for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan. according to the Spirit of holiness. O Father. (I Peter 3:18) And declared to be the Son of God with power. the just for the unjust. purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14) RAISED BY THE SPIRIT: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins. I thank thee. (Romans 1:4) COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES THROUGH THE SPIRIT: Until the day in which He was taken up. (Luke 10:21) OFFERED THROUGH THE SPIRIT: How much more shall the blood of Christ. and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. for so it seemed good in thy sight. then the kingdom of God is come unto you. after that He through the Holy 31 . and the Jews also weeping which came with her. (John 3:34) TROUBLED IN THE SPIRIT: When Jesus therefore saw her weeping. (Luke 4:1) For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God.
and of righteousness. which worship God in the Spirit. And when He is come. In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit. and have no confidence in the flesh. and of judgment: Of sin. (John 16:7-11) THE CHURCH The Holy Spirit serves several purposes in the Church.. I will send Him unto you. FORMED IT: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners. for if I go not away. He. the Comforter will not come unto you. It is expedient for you that I go away. and rejoice in Christ Jesus. He will reprove the world of sin. and of the household of God. (Acts 1:2) SINNERS The Holy Spirit's ministry concerning the sinner was described by Jesus: Nevertheless I tell you the truth. (Philippians 3:3) 32 . And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord.Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen. but if I depart. Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone. Of righteousness because I go to my Father and ye see me no more. Of judgment because the prince of this world is judged. but fellow citizens with the saints. because they believe not on me.. (Ephesians 2:19-22) INSPIRES ITS WORSHIP: For we are the circumcision.
and to all the flock. the Holy Ghost said. (Acts 13:2. and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. being sent forth by the Holy Ghost. over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers. and join thyself to this chariot. (Acts 15:28) BAPTIZES IT WITH POWER: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come. (Acts 8:29) Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia. departed unto Seleucia. they assayed to go into Bithynia. And after he had seen the vision.7. (Acts 16:6. and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. (I Corinthians 2:4) GUIDES ITS DECISIONS: For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us. assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.4) SELECTS ITS MINISTERS: Take heed therefore unto yourselves. to feed the church of God. (Acts 20:28) ANOINTS ITS PREACHERS: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom. and fasted. which He hath purchased with His own blood. they were all with one accord in one place.10) As they ministered to the Lord.DIRECTS ITS MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES: Then the Spirit said unto Philip. So they. immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia. Go near. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 33 . but the Spirit suffered them not. After they were come to Mysia. but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
but according to His mercy He saved us. Of righteousness. and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire. and of righteousness. (Acts 2:1-4) BELIEVERS The Holy Spirit serves an important purpose in the lives of believers.. by the washing of regeneration. because I go to My Father and ye see me no more.. he cannot see the kingdom of God. because they believe not on me. I say unto thee. as the Spirit gave them utterance. Except a man be born of 34 . Nicodemus saith unto Him. Except a man be born again. verily. You could not become a believer without this ministry of the Spirit: And when He is come. Verily. and it sat upon each of them. Of judgment. I say unto thee. He will reprove the world of sin. verily. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues. CONVICTS: It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin to draw men and women to Jesus. because the prince of this world is judged. and be born? Jesus answered. (Titus 3:5) Jesus answered and said unto him. (John 16:8-11) REGENERATES: The Holy Spirit changes your life when you become a believer: Not by works of righteousness which we have done. Verily. He. and of judgment: Of sin. and renewing of the Holy Ghost. How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb.
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh.. and these are contrary the one to the other. old things are passed away. (II Thessalonians 2:13) BAPTIZES: Chapter Four of this manual deals with this experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues. and ye are not your own? (I Corinthians 6:19) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. Walk in the Spirit. 35 . he is a new creature. which ye have of God. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee. (Acts 2:4) DWELLS WITHIN: The purpose of this indwelling is to strengthen the new nature received through salvation: What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. as the Spirit gave them utterance. beloved of the Lord.water and of the Spirit. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16) Therefore if any man be in Christ. and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.. so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. behold all things are become new. brethren. and the Spirit against the flesh. because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Ye must be born again. (II Corinthians 5:17) This I say then. (John 3:3-7) SANCTIFIES: The Holy Spirit takes this life which has been changed by salvation and enables righteous living: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you.
(Galatians 5:16-18) In the natural world. building up yourselves on your most holy faith. and hath many members. (Romans 8:26) But ye. Likewise. is come. that shall He speak. He will guide you into all truth. our spiritual houses should reflect the character of the Holy Spirit who dwells within. being many are one body: so also is Christ. praying in the Holy Ghost. and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. This is called the "unity of the Spirit": But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.But if ye be led of the Spirit. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. (I Corinthians 6:17) For as the body is one. (John 16:13) 36 . to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. but whatsoever He shall hear. ye are not under the law. (Ephesians 6:18) GUIDES: Howbeit when He. STRENGTHENS: That He would grant you. (I Corinthians 12:12-13) INTERCEDES: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. beloved. and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. whether we be Jews or Gentiles. after a house has been lived in by a person for a period of time it reflects the character of that person. the Spirit of truth. and He will show you things to come. according to the riches of His glory. (Ephesians 3:16) UNITES: The Holy Spirit makes a believer one in spirit with God and other believers. for He shall not speak of Himself. and all the members of that one body. whether we be bond or free. (Jude 20) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
(Romans 8:2) 37 . and is no lie. (Romans 8:14) DEMONSTRATES LOVE: The Holy Spirit shows the love of Christ to and through the believer: And hope maketh not ashamed. the deep things of God. and even as it hath taught you. and He in him. that we are the children of God. with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord. because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (Romans 5:5) CONFORMS TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST: The Holy Spirit conforms the believer to the image of Christ: But we all. they are the sons of God. and is truth. (Romans 8:16) And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him. by the Spirit which He hath given us. yea. ye shall abide in Him. and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things. (I John 3:24) GIVES LIBERTY: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. are changed into the same image from glory to glory. with our spirit.For as many as are led by the Spirit of God. (II Corinthians 3:18) REVEALS TRUTH: But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things. (I Corinthians 2:10) TEACHES: But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you. And hereby we know that He abideth in us. (I John 2:27) ASSURES OF SALVATION: The Spirit itself beareth witness.
but the Holy Ghost. But the Comforter . That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.. there is liberty.and walking in the fear of the Lord. because it seeth Him not. (Mark 13:11) DEMONSTRATES GOD'S POWER: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom. for He dwelleth with you. (I Corinthians 2:4-5) INSPIRES WORSHIP: God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.. and shall be in you. whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 4:24) 38 . He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance. but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak. but ye know Him.26) QUICKENS: But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you. whom the world cannot receive. He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [empower.Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is. (Romans 8:11) SPEAKS: But when they shall lead you. take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak. but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour. give new life. neither knoweth Him.. neither do ye premeditate. (II Corinthians 3:17) COMFORTS: . (Acts 9:31) Even the Spirit of truth.. which is the Holy Ghost.. and deliver you up. whom the Father will send in my name. resurrect] your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. (John 14:17. and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost..
and in Samaria. and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. 39 . These are specific abilities to enable him to function effectively as part of the Church. the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit are discussed in separate chapters. and in all Judaea. (Acts 1:8) GIVES GIFTS AND DEVELOPS FRUIT: The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers. Spiritual fruit refers to the nature of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. The Holy Spirit also develops spiritual fruit in a believer's life.EMPOWERS FOR WITNESSING: The power to witness is the true evidence that one has been baptized in the Holy Spirit. But ye shall receive power. Because of their importance. and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
Write the number of the correct meaning in front of the word which it describes. Is this statement true or false? The Holy Spirit was involved in creation of the earth. Write the Key Verse from memory. What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to Satan? ________________________________________________________________________ 40 . The statement is:______________________ 4. The Spirit guided the writers so the message would be accurate. Give a Scripture reference which explains the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the life of a sinner. List five purposes of the Holy Spirit in relation to the nation of Israel. 3. _____Inspiration 5. ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ 3.SELF-TEST 1. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit which helps people understand the Gospel. ________________________________________________________________________ 6. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. He spoke to human writers the message of God. 2. Purposes Of The Holy Spirit In Relation In Scripture _____Illumination _____Revelation 1.
This chapter listed eleven purposes of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus Christ. This chapter discussed twenty purposes of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. This chapter discussed seven purposes of the Holy Spirit in the Church.7. How many of these can you list? ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ __________ 8. How many can you list? ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ 9.) 41 . What is the true evidence that a person has been baptized in the Holy Spirit? ________________________________________________________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. How many can you list? ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ ___________ ___________ ___________ __________ __________ 10.
. 11:29. Review the purposes of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. 27:18 Judges 3:10. Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to serve in each of these areas in your life? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. 16:13 I Kings 18:12 II Kings 2:15-16 Ezekiel 2:2 Daniel 4:9. 14:6. 6:34. 15:14-15 I Samuel 10:10.. In which areas are they allowing the Holy Spirit to serve His purposes? In which areas is improvement needed? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 42 . 11:6. 24:20 2. 6:3 Micah 3:8 II Chronicles 15:1.19.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. 11:25. Think about the church fellowship you attend. 5:11. Study the following Bible passages to learn more about the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the nation of Israel: Genesis 41:38 Numbers 11:17. Review the ministries of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
CHAPTER FOUR THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C C C C C Define baptize. 2. List four main objections people sometimes raise to the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The water baptism performed by John the Baptist. KEY VERSE: But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. Explain how to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 3. (The other three baptisms are discussed in the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Foundations Of Faith"). and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Identify the outward physical sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Identify three Scriptural references where it reveals what happened when people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of suffering experienced by Jesus. DEFINITION The word "baptize" means to completely immerse or submerge in something. (Acts 1:8) INTRODUCTION The Bible speaks of four different baptisms: 1. List guidelines for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 43 . Christian baptism in water. Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Explain the true evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit. Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 4. This chapter concerns the baptism of the Holy Spirit. and in Samaria. and in all Judaea.
(John 14:16-18) This was not a new promise. however.for with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest. whom the world cannot receive. After his baptism in the Holy Spirit. and ye shall be witnesses unto me. because it seeth Him not. neither knoweth Him.. but ye know Him. for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. Peter stood and gave a powerful witness to the Gospel that resulted in the salvation of 3.... (Luke 24:49) The promise to which Jesus referred was the Holy Spirit: And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter.. Jesus gave important instructions to His followers: And behold. One of the main purposes of the Holy Spirit.PROMISE OF THE BAPTISM After the resurrection and prior to His return to Heaven.000 people.(Joel 2:28) THE EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT As you learned in a previous chapter. To whom He said.(Isaiah 28:11-12) . is to make the Christian a powerful witness for the Gospel: But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Before the Day of Pentecost he had fearfully denied that he knew Jesus. I will not leave you comfortless.I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh. Even the Spirit of truth... the Holy Spirit has many purposes in the lives of believers.. The gift of the Holy Spirit had been promised since Old Testament times: . and this is the refreshing. (Acts 1:8) The true evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was visible immediately in the life of the Apostle Peter.. that He may abide with you for ever.to the uttermost part of the earth. 44 ..
but one mightier than I cometh. and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. whether we be bond or free. the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 3:11) I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. the same said unto me. whether we be Jews or Gentiles. (Mark 1:8) John answered. (John 1:33) Jesus also spoke of the baptism of the Holy Ghost: For John truly baptized with water. the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (I Corinthians 12:13) 45 . I indeed baptize you with water. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT There are seven passages in the New Testament where the word "baptize" is used in relation to the Holy Spirit. John indeed baptized with water. and with fire. saying unto them all. (Acts 1:5) When Peter spoke of events which took place in the home of Cornelius he quoted the words of Jesus: Then remembered I the word of the Lord. how that He said. Four of these are the words of John the Baptist recorded in the Gospels: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him. (Luke 3:16) And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water. (Acts 11:16) Paul also used the word "baptize" in relation to the Holy Spirit: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. The book of Acts is a record of this powerful witness which was evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.It was the power of the Holy Spirit in the early church that resulted in the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.
. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. For this reason. On the day the Holy Spirit was given. (Acts 2:38-39) Peter's words revealed that the promise of the Holy Spirit was: -A national promise: -A family promise: -A universal promise: "Unto you" [the Jewish people]. but 46 . dream dreams. For the promise is unto you. and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. your old men shall dream dreams. He was compared by Jesus to the wind: The wind bloweth where it listeth. even as many as the Lord our God shall call. and to your children. young and old were to be included in this outpouring of the Holy Spirit.Use of the phrase "to baptize into" the Holy Spirit is the same as used to describe Christian baptism in water. They were to prophesy. Peter said: Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. and see visions.” This promise was given by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass afterward. "Your children.I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.” The Holy Spirit came down from Heaven and completely immersed [baptized] believers assembled in the upper room of a house in Jerusalem.” "To all that are afar off. your young men shall see visions.. baptism in the Holy Spirit is often called a "Pentecostal experience" and the time of the giving of the Spirit called "the day of Pentecost. God's Spirit was to empower both servants [men] and handmaidens [women]. and thou hearest the sound thereof. In both cases baptism is an outward confirmation of an inward spiritual experience. and to all that are afar off.” THE PHYSICAL SIGN The Holy Spirit is invisible to the natural eye."In the last days. The Holy Spirit was given during a time of Jewish observance called the feast of Pentecost. that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh. Peter said this experience was the fulfillment of God's promise. and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Joel 2:28-29) Male and female. They had been waiting or "tarrying" for His coming as they had been commanded to do by Jesus.
(John 3:8) Although the wind is invisible. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire. These are all physical signs of the wind. DAY OF PENTECOST: Acts 2:2-4 is the record of what happened on the day of Pentecost: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Even though He is invisible. the trees all bend in one direction.canst not tell whence it cometh. the effects it produces can be seen and heard. and it sat upon each of them. as the Spirit gave them utterance.. and began to speak with other tongues. When the wind blows the dust rises from the ground. So it is with the Holy Spirit. and magnify God. For they heard them speak with tongues. and clouds move across the sky. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished. the effects which the Holy Spirit produces can be seen and heard. CONVERTS AT EPHESUS: Acts 19:6 describes what happened to the first group of converts at Ephesus: 47 . because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. as many as came with Peter. the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.. HOUSE OF CORNELIUS: Acts 10:44-46 is the record of what happened when Peter preached the Gospel to a man named Cornelius and his family: While Peter yet spoke these words. (Acts 10:44-46) 3. leaves rustle. and it filled all the house where they were sitting. There are three places in the New Testament where we are told what happened when people were baptized in the Holy Spirit: 1. (Acts 2:2-4) 2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. the waves of the sea roar.
The one outward sign which the apostles observed in the experience of Cornelius and his household was that they spoke with tongues. From these Biblical records we conclude that the physical sign of speaking in tongues through the power of the Holy Spirit confirms that a person has been baptized in the Holy Spirit. but none of these were evident on all three occasions. On the day of Pentecost there was the sound of a rushing wind and visible tongues of fire were seen. (Acts 19:6) A COMMON SIGN: THE TONGUES As we compare these passages there is one physical sign which is common to all three: Those who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit spoke with other tongues. (I Corinthians 14:2) PURPOSES FOR TONGUES The sign of tongues received through baptism in the Holy Spirit has many purposes in the lives of believers. Other supernatural signs of the Holy Spirit are mentioned. These are some purposes of tongues: -Prayer to God: Verse 2 48 . howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. wherein we were born? (Acts 2:7-8) Tongues can also be a language not known to man. This is not mentioned as having occurred on the day of Pentecost or in the house of Cornelius. the Holy Ghost came on them. Behold are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue. These were not recorded on the other two occasions. This physical sign was proof to the disciples that this family had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. but unto God: for no man understandeth him... and they spake with tongues and prophesied. The sign of "tongues" can be languages known to man. This is what happened on the day of Pentecost: . This is called an unknown tongue: For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men. saying one to another. Turn to I Corinthians 14 in your Bible. At Ephesus the new converts prophesied.And when Paul had laid his hands upon them.And they were all amazed and marvelled.
(Luke 24:49) He also said: For John truly baptized with water. and began to speak with other tongues. They had witnessed personally and accepted as true the facts of His death. They believed and were baptized in water. These are some of the objections they raise: EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS THE HOLY SPIRIT: One of the most common objections is that every Christian receives the Holy Spirit when he is converted. a resurrection.17 OBJECTIONS TO TONGUES Some people object to speaking in tongues. burial. (Acts 1:5) The promised experience of being baptized in the Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. but they had not received the Holy Spirit: Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had 49 .. Jesus told His followers: And. But consider the examples of people in the New Testament who were true believers. Verse 4 -When interpreted they edify the church: Verses 12-13 -Intercession: Verse 14 (See also Romans 8:26-27) -Sign to unbelievers: Verse 22 -Fulfillment of prophecy: Verse 21 (See also Isaiah 28:11-12) -Praise: Verses 15.. The people of Samaria heard the Gospel preached. The apostles had repented of their sins and believed Jesus was the Messiah. I send the promise of my Father upon you. (Acts 2:4) Although the apostles were already Christians it was not until the day of Pentecost that they were filled with [baptized in] the Holy Spirit. as the Spirit gave them utterance. behold. but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem.-Self-edification: Building up yourself and increasing spiritual knowledge. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. until ye be endued with power from on high.He does not need any further experience to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
They received the Holy Spirit through the ministry of Peter and John. But these ministries of the Holy Spirit are different from being baptized with the Holy Spirit. Then laid they their hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost. whom the world cannot receive.” The first question Paul asked was. The fact that he asked it makes it clear that people become believers without receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:14-17) The people of Samaria received salvation through the ministry of Philip.received the word of God. The Holy Spirit is WITH the sinner to draw him to Jesus Christ. when they were come down. it is still a separate experience from salvation. 50 . As you previously learned. Acts 19:1-6 describes how Paul went to the city of Ephesus and met people described as "disciples. The Holy Spirit is also operative in the life of a sinner to bring him to Christ. neither knoweth him: but ye know Him: for He dwelleth with you [presently]. but not yet in them. (John 14:17) The Holy Spirit was with the disciples at that time. But this is not the same as being IN him. They were filled [baptized] with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. the ministry of the Holy Spirit can be observed from the very creation of the world. Even if a person receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the same time he is converted. Jesus made that clear when He said: Even the Spirit of truth. and shall be in you [in the future]. The Old Testament speaks of the Holy Spirit coming on Israel's spiritual leaders. Receiving the Holy Spirit was a separate experience from receiving salvation. prayed for them. that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). because it seeth Him not. "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" If people received the Holy Ghost when they received salvation it would be foolish for Paul to ask this question. they sent unto them Peter and John: Who.
Although everyone experiences the sign of tongues when baptized in the Holy Spirit. secondarily prophets. governments. (This subject is discussed further in Chapter Nine). DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES? Another objection to tongues has come through misunderstanding of a question of the Apostle Paul. diversities of tongues. Now ye are the body of Christ. seek and ye shall find. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is "diversities of tongues. The Holy Spirit was WITH the spiritual leaders of Old Testament times. In the New Testament this power was given permanently to believers. and it shall be given you. And God hath set some in the church. (I Corinthians 12:27-28) Paul is speaking of gifts which may be used by members of the church. But the Bible says: Ask.In Old Testament times the power of the Holy Spirit came upon spiritual leaders at special times." But Paul is not speaking here of the experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. all do not speak with tongues. and members in particular. after that miracles. first apostles. But He was not yet IN them. The discussion concerns gifts of the Holy Spirit which can be used by the believer in the church. knock. not everyone receives the special gift of diversities of tongues. then gifts of healings. helps. This is the difference between the Old and New Testament ministries of the Holy Spirit.” It is an ability to give special messages to the church in tongues through the power of the Holy Spirit. will he give him a stone? 51 . Or what man is there of you whom if his son ask bread. For every one that asketh receiveth. "Do all speak with tongues?" The answer to his question is "No. In I Corinthians 12:30 he asks. and he that seeketh findeth. and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. thirdly teachers. and it shall be opened unto you. FEAR: Some believers do not seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit because they are afraid they will receive an experience that is not of God.
Or if he ask a fish. and danced before God. But you should not criticize those who have joyful." Some people react with great emotion to the joy which comes with the baptism of the Holy Spirit because they are naturally more emotional than others. just like a good earthly Father. will he give him a serpent? If ye then being evil. People trembled. They will yell. How much more excited we should be over a gift like the Holy Spirit which accomplishes so many purposes in our lives. and express much excitement over a sports game. The Bible records emotional reactions of those who had a powerful experience with God. emotional reactions to the Holy Spirit. The confirming sign is speaking in tongues. to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. In Acts 13:52 we read that "the disciples were filled with joy. etc. But these emotional reactions are not the sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist David agreed. brings great joy. emotional worship of God: 52 . jump up and down. laugh. rejoiced. and equips us with power to reach the world with the Gospel. how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? (Matthew 7:7-11) If a believer asks God for something. and with the Holy Ghost. The evidence is power. Conversion to Jesus Christ does not eliminate a man's emotions. or experience sensations in their physical bodies. Many believers who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit emphasize their own emotional reactions to the experience. God will not let him receive anything that will harm him. shouting. It is interesting to observe the emotional reaction of people to various athletic events.. fell prostrate on the ground. loud. The word "joy" in Scripture is closely associated with the Holy Spirit. know how to give good gifts unto your children. How one reacts emotionally to the joy this experience brings is often related to his individual emotions. He will still experience joy and sorrow. Man is an emotional creature. shouted. laugh. EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE: Another objection to tongues is that it is an emotional experience. Conversion frees man's emotions from the control of sin. It redirects these emotions to worship of God. dancing. They may shout. He presents a picture of joyful. It is not necessary to show great emotion such as laughing.
. (Psalms 95:1-3) Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet. and be baptized every one of you in the 53 . (I Corinthians 14:32) This means that any gift God gives is subject to or under the control of the user. (Psalms 150:3-6) You do not have to fear that the baptism in the Holy Spirit will cause you to do something improper or lose control of yourself. praise Him with the psaltery and harp.. For the Lord is a great God. but of peace. He would not make these statements if the Holy Spirit caused people to be out of control. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals. and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. God does nothing improper for.. Repent. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.. Paul said there were times to "keep silent" and "hold your peace" in regards to speaking in tongues (I Corinthians 14). . and a great King above all gods. Praise ye the Lord.(I Corinthians 14:33) RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT The following are guidelines for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.. praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.God is not the author of confusion. REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED: Then Peter said unto them..O come. let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. The Bible says: And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
It was given to the Church on the Day of Pentecost. YIELD TO GOD: Yield your tongue to God in praise and worship. (but this spake He of the Spirit.name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..) (John 7:37-39) ACCEPT IT AS A GIFT: The Holy Spirit has already been given. you can do nothing to earn it: . saying. because that Jesus was not yet glorified. that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. for the Holy Ghost was not yet given. or by the hearing of faith? He therefore that ministereth to you in the Spirit. and to your children.the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:39) DESIRE IT: . and to all that are afar off. through Jesus Christ. if any man thirst let him come unto me. which they that believed on Him should receive. and drink.5. (Acts 2:38) BELIEVE IT IS FOR YOU: For the promise is unto you... (Galatians 3:2. out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.Jesus stood and cried.14) Begin to praise and thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you praise Him audibly you may first experience stammering lips. Because it is a gift. doeth he it by the works of the law. Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law. He that believeth on me.. or by the hearing of faith? That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles. and worketh miracles among you. as the scripture hath said. (Acts 2:38) This only would I learn of you. As you continue to yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit and 54 . even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
This is the confirming physical sign of Holy Spirit baptism: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. In my name shall they cast out devils. (Acts 2:4) REQUEST THE PRAYERS OF OTHER BELIEVERS: The Holy Spirit can be received through the laying on of hands (Acts 8. and if they drink any deadly thing. it shall not hurt them. as the Spirit gave them utterance. 55 .19) or without the laying on of hands (Acts 2.10). both in Jerusalem. and began to speak with other tongues.4. Study these chapters which show how Spirit-filled believers can help you experience baptism in the Holy Spirit. and unto the uttermost part of the earth.He will speak through you words foreign to your understanding. they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. (Acts 1:8) And these signs shall follow them that believe. (Isaiah 28:11) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. These gifts and fruit are the subject of the remaining chapters of this study. They shall take up serpents. and in Samaria.9. IMPORTANCE OF THE EXPERIENCE Baptism in the Holy Spirit is important because it enables you to become a powerful witness of the Gospel message: But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me. (Mark 16:17-18) The Holy Spirit also gives special spiritual gifts and develops spiritual fruit in your life. and in all Judaea. they shall speak with new tongues.
Are any of these objections valid on the basis of Scripture?______________ What is the meaning of the word "baptize"? ________________________________________________________________________ 8. Give a Biblical reference to support your answer. ________________________________________________________________________ 5.) 56 . What are the four main objections some people have to the sign of "other tongues"? _____________________ ____________________ _____________________ ____________________ 6. ________________________________________________________________________ 2. _____________________ ____________________ _____________________ ____________________ 3. ___________________ _____________________ ____________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. ___________________ ___________________ What is the outward physical sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Give six guidelines for receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. List three Scripture references where we are told what happened when people received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. 7. Write the Key Verse from memory. What is the true evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.SELF-TEST 1.
Think about how you will respond the next time you hear one of these objections raised. 16:7-11 Acts 1:4. Which of these purposes have you witnessed in the use of other tongues? Review the objections to speaking in tongues which were discussed in this lesson. The gift of the Holy Spirit was given as a fulfillment of promises which dated back to Old Testament times. The Holy Spirit is mentioned 85 times in the Old Testament.8. If you completed the similar assignment for the New Testament given in Chapter Two. 15:26. 14:16-18. follow the guidelines given in this chapter to receive it. you will have a complete study of the Holy Spirit marked right in your own Bible.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. 2. As you read the Old Testament circle each mention of the Holy Spirit. Review the purposes for tongues discussed in this chapter. Have you experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If not. Study these promises of the Holy Spirit: Old Testament: Isaiah 28:11-12 Joel 2:28-29 Isaiah 44:3 New Testament: John 7:38-39. 2:38-39 Galatians 3:14 Luke 24:49 3. 57 . 4.5. This study will help you understand His ministry before New Testament times. 5.
The power of the Holy Spirit would help them fulfill this task: But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judaea. Spiritual gifts are supernatural abilities given by the Holy Spirit to empower believers to be effective witnesses of the Gospel.CHAPTER FIVE INTRODUCTION TO THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C C C C C C Define spiritual gifts. He said: 58 . and unto the uttermost part of the earth. KEY VERSE: Now concerning spiritual gifts. and in Samaria. Explain how these gifts are distributed. Identify the source of these gifts. Explain purposes for spiritual gifts. Identify abuses of spiritual gifts. (Acts 1:8) Jesus did not leave His followers with such a great responsibility without giving them the ability to fulfill the challenge. Explain the objectives of spiritual gifts. Distinguish between true and false [counterfeit] spiritual gifts. The subject of spiritual gifts was one on which Paul taught in the early church. Identify the key to using spiritual gifts. brethren. (I Corinthians 12:1) INTRODUCTION Jesus left His followers with the responsibility to extend the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Distinguish between spiritual gifts and natural talents. I would not have you ignorant.
brethren.. and He shall give you another Comforter. A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability which did not come by inheritance or training. and confirming the word with signs following. we still need 59 . "Gifts" of the Holy Spirit are supernatural abilities the Holy Spirit gives believers to enable effective ministry: And they went forth. Although we should use all our natural talents for the work of the Lord. I would not have you ignorant. (I Corinthians 12:1) This chapter introduces the subject of spiritual gifts. There is a difference between the "gift" of the Holy Spirit and "gifts" of the Holy Spirit. A talent is a natural ability inherited at birth or developed through training. After baptism in the Holy Spirit this natural talent may be sanctioned [approved] by the Holy Spirit and he may be used in the spiritual gift of administration.Now concerning spiritual gifts . the Lord working with them. Spiritual gifts provide spiritual capabilities far greater than the finest natural talents. WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS? The word "spiritual" means "characterized or controlled by the Holy Spirit.. When this occurs the talent then becomes a gift as well as a talent. Following chapters will concern the various spiritual gifts available to believers.(John 14:16-17a) The "gift" of the Holy Spirit has already been given in answer to this promise.. A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to a believer to minister as part of the Body of Christ. It is possible that a natural talent may be sanctioned [approved and blessed] by the Holy Spirit after one becomes a believer.. For example. (Mark 16:20) GIFTS AND TALENTS There is a difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents.Even the Spirit of truth. a person may have a natural talent in administration because of training he has received. The "gift" of the Holy Spirit occurred at Pentecost (Acts 2) when the Holy Spirit came in answer to the promise of Jesus: And I will pray the Father. and preached every where. Guidelines also will be given to help you discover your own spiritual gift. It is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to be used for specific spiritual purposes.” A "gift" is something freely given from one person to another.
the purposes of the Holy Spirit are to: -Perfect the saints -Promote the work of the ministry -Edify Christ and the Church The objectives or goals of spiritual gifts are that we will: -Become united in the faith. and cunning craftiness. And there are differences of administrations. whereby they lie in wait to deceive. unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children. for the work of the ministry. which is the head. unto a perfect man. Till we all come in the unity of the faith. but it is the same God which worketh all in all. for the edifying of the body of Christ. -Mature spiritually in Christ. -Develop our knowledge of Christ. But speaking the truth in love. even Christ. And there are diversities of operations. with Christ as our model. -Become stable. PURPOSES OF THE GIFTS The purposes of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed in Ephesians 4:12-15: For the perfecting of the saints. All three persons of the Trinity are involved in empowering believers with spiritual gifts: Now there are diversities of gifts. THE TRINITY AND THE GIFTS You learned earlier that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God. and of the knowledge of the Son of God. not deceived by false doctrines. and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the slight of men. (Ephesians 4:12-15) According to this passage. but the same Lord. (I Corinthians 12:4-6) 60 .spiritual gifts. may grow up into Him in all things. -Develop in perfection. tossed to and fro. but the same Spirit.
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. This is why it is important to understand spiritual gifts. against the rulers of the darkness of this world. dividing to every man severally as He will. and the Lord [Jesus Christ] are all mentioned in this passage. then spiritual rather than natural weapons must be used. but against principalities. (Ephesians 6:12) Since the battle in which believers are engaged is spiritual. DISTRIBUTION OF THE GIFTS Each believer has at least one spiritual gift: As every man hath received the gift. Their involvement in spiritual gifts is shown in the following chart: verse four Spirit Diverse Gifts (different gifts) verse five Lord Diverse Administrations (different ministries) verse six God Diverse Operations (different ways gifts are used) SPIRITUAL WEAPONS The gifts of the Spirit are also given to the Church as weapons of spiritual warfare to conquer the spiritual forces of Satan:* For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. against powers.The Holy Spirit. God. They are part of the spiritual weapons God has provided. against spiritual wickedness in high places. Believers sometimes go into spiritual warfare without knowledge of these weapons. (I Peter 4:10) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit.11) __________________ * Harvestime offers a separate course on the subject of spiritual warfare entitled "Spiritual Strategies: A Ma nua l Of Sp iritual W arfare. (I Corinthians 12:7. Anytime you go to battle without your weapons you cannot expect to win the fight.” 61 . even so minister the same one to another.
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter. Simon offered money to obtain these abilities. You will not be judged by how many spiritual gifts you have.. If he did. You can abuse spiritual gifts by: NOT USING GIFTS GIVEN TO YOU: The Apostle Paul told Timothy: Neglect not the gift that is in thee. we each have a responsibility to discover and use our gift. but no one has all the gifts of the Spirit.. which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.Because every believer has at least one spiritual gift. Peter and John met a man named Simon who wanted to have the powerful gifts he saw demonstrated. then he would have no need of others in the Body of Christ. (II Timothy 1:6) ATTEMPTING TO USE GIFTS NOT GIVEN TO YOU: While ministering in Samaria. To "abuse" a gift means to not use it properly. Peter said: Thy money perish with thee. (I Timothy 4:14) Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God. (Acts 8:20-21) 62 . The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 confirms this truth. THE ABUSE OF GIFTS A spiritual gift from God can be abused. but no believer has all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (I Corinthians 12:29-30) A person may have more than one gift. There are many spiritual gifts. because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. You will be judged by your faithfulness to use the spiritual gift or gifts you have been given. with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. which was given thee by prophecy.
On another occasion. (Acts 19:15-16) It can be dangerous to try to operate a gift without the Holy Spirit's anointing. but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them.40) God is not the author of confusion.Spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit. Where there is confusion the gifts are not being used correctly. To summarize the teaching of these chapters he states: For God is not the author of confusion. NOT USING THE GIFTS PROPERLY: In I Corinthians 12-14 Paul deals with proper use of spiritual gifts. You cannot just decide you want to have or use a certain spiritual gift. gain wealth.. You will have an opportunity to study these in the "For Further Study" section of this lesson. GLORIYING YOUR GIFT: When you "glorify" your gift. Jesus I know. and prevailed against them so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. or use them for your own selfish satisfaction rather than in ministry to others. The Holy Spirit must give it to you.. The source of spiritual gifts is the Holy Spirit. MANY GIFTS FROM ONE SOURCE The Bible indicates there are many gifts which come from one source. (I Corinthians 14:33. He gives and operates these gifts in the lives of believers: 63 . You begin to see the gift as greater than the Giver. seven sons of the chief of the priests saw the miracles of the Apostle Paul and tried to use this gift to cast out evil spirits: And the evil spirit answered and said. and Paul I know. but of peace. The guidelines for use of gifts which Paul gives in I Corinthians 12-14 prevent confusion. Spiritual gifts can also be improperly used when you manipulate people. you consider it more special than other gifts.Let all things be done decently and in order. They cannot be obtained by any other method.
64 . It guides you when walking. with cheerfulness. When this happens. but no gift is more important than another. but the same Lord. the eye lets you see what is around you. No gift is more important than another. The eye's function to permit reading is useless if you have no brain to understand what you read. And there are diversities of operations. Just as in the human body. let us wait on our ministering. The eye has greater responsibility. he that ruleth with diligence. And there are differences of administrations. (Romans 12:6-8) There is one source of spiritual gifts but there are many different gifts. Some gifts involve greater responsibilities. Your position in the Body of Christ is compared to parts of a human body. For example. For example. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. the smaller parts such as the eye have important functions. Or ministry. It permits you to read and see and enjoy God's creations. but the same Spirit. he that showeth mercy. whether prophecy. but it is no more important than the big toe which provides balance for walking. or he that teacheth on teaching. The guidance of the eye for walking is useless if you have no feet with which to walk. one person may have the gift of giving and may not understand another believer who does not give as liberally.Now there are diversities of gifts. the Church functions effectively as the Body of Christ. Or he that exhorteth on exhortation: he that giveth let him do it with simplicity. Or one may have the gift of administration and become very impatient with people who are less organized. Each believer should use his spiritual gifts to work together with other believers who have different gifts. (I Corinthians 12:4-7) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. Sometimes misunderstanding arises in the Church when believers do not recognize the spiritual gifts of others. Some parts of the human body have greater responsibilities than others. the seemingly "small" gift is often quite important in the functioning of the church. but it is the same God which worketh all in all. let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. as of the ministers of Christ. all believers are to give to the work of the Lord with tithes and offerings. (I Peter 4:10) As a steward. that a man be found faithful. some spiritual gifts were no longer needed. etc. tongues. But the gift of giving is an unusual generosity prompted by the Spirit of God. Read these before you study the following chapters.. even so minister the same one to another. They believe some gifts. He uses something given to him by another person. like prophecy. A steward is someone who does not own that with which he works. you will be judged on the basis of your faithfulness to use the gifts you have been given: Moreover it is required in stewards. They are given to you by the Holy Spirit to minister effectively for Jesus: As every man hath received the gift. These people say that after the Church was established and the New Testament written.STEWARDS OF GIFTS You are only a steward of spiritual gifts. He uses it in behalf of the person who gave it to him. and stewards of the mysteries of God. For example. miracles. They often use I Corinthians 13:10 to explain their belief: 65 . But the gift of faith is a special ability to believe beyond that of the ordinary Christian. (I Corinthians 4:1) Part of the "mysteries" of which you are a steward are spiritual gifts. All believers have a measure of faith according to the Word of God. You are a steward for Jesus Christ: Let a man so account of us. ARE GIFTS FOR TODAY? Some people claim that all of the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible are not for the Church today. While there may be some evidences of these in all our lives it does not necessarily mean we have a certain gift. were only for the early Church. (I Corinthians 4:2) THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT The main passages identifying spiritual gifts are listed below. These verses introduce the various gifts: -Romans 12:1-8 -Ephesians 4:1-16 -I Corinthians 12:1-31 -I Peter 4:7-11 Remember that these gifts are special abilities from God to minister in different ways.
for we will be living with the source of knowledge. (I Corinthians 13:8) If we use this verse to say tongues. and they shall be His people. and prophecy.In the midst of the street of it. whether there be tongues... they shall fail.He will dwell with them.whether there be prophecies.. tongues. (I Corinthians 13:10) They say that when the perfect revelation of God's Word was written. interpretation.... ... whether there be knowledge. they shall cease..but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. there was no longer a need for tongues.But when that which is perfect is come.. (Revelation 22:2) Also remember the purposes and objectives of spiritual gifts given in Ephesians 4:12-15. Since what is perfect has come. was there the tree of life. We will have no need of the word of wisdom or knowledge. then that which is in part shall be done away... (Revelation 21:3) We will have no need of messages through prophecy. for. (Revelation 21:27) There will be no need for gifts of healing for. because. This passage actually refers to a future time when the "perfect" Kingdom of God is established on earth. . -Edifying Christ and the Church. They say that once the Church was established there was no longer a need for confirming signs and miracles. We will not need discerning of spirits. then we must also say knowledge is no longer needed. What they fail to note is that knowledge is also mentioned in the same passage as being "vanished" or done away with: . -Promoting the work of the ministry. for we will be dwelling with the God who inspires such messages. and be their God. and prophecy are no longer needed. The purposes are for: -Perfecting of the saints.. and on either side of the river. interpretation.there shall no wise enter into it any thing that defileth.. 66 . or interpretation.... . it shall vanish away. we will have no need of any of the spiritual gifts then. and God Himself shall be with them..for the healing of the nations.
giving. He will not withdraw any of these gifts without these purposes being accomplished. God would not give spiritual gifts for these purposes and objectives and then remove them without these things being accomplished. He introduced the subject in I Corinthians 12:31. and Christ and the Church need to be edified. "it profits nothing". (I Corinthians 12:31) I Corinthians chapter 13 explains that "more excellent way.. He listed some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and then said. -Are all believers united in the faith? -Has everyone developed fully in the knowledge of Christ? -Are we all perfected? -Are our church members stable and not being deceived by false doctrines? -Are all our church members spiritually mature? The answer to all these questions is "no.. have the gifts of healing." Read the entire chapter in your Bible. etc. they will not be effective. not deceived by false doctrines.” These objectives have not been accomplished. God gave spiritual gifts to accomplish certain purposes in the Church.. -Develop in perfection. That key is love. This chapter gives the key to using spiritual gifts. the ministry still needs to be promoted to the ends of the earth. unless it is used in love. Love is 67 .The purposes for which the gifts were given still remain. The objectives are that we will: -Be united in the faith. Every gift is worthless. The Bible also says that the "gifts and callings of God are without repentance" (Romans 11:29). The saints still need to be perfected. -Become stable. You can prophesy.. Gifts are unprofitable when used without love. THE KEY TO USING GIFTS In I Corinthians 13 the Apostle Paul gives the key for using gifts of the Holy Spirit. -Mature spiritually in Christ.and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.. This means God will not change His mind and take back a spiritual gift or calling He has given. For this reason we know all of the spiritual gifts are still for today. with Christ as our model. . but without love in using these gifts. faith. Speaking in tongues becomes like a noisy clanging. -Develop our knowledge of Christ.
The question is. Any true gift of the Holy Spirit will accomplish these spiritual purposes and objectives. The Bible also speaks of false prophets (Acts 13:6-12). as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty. but it is not genuine. Counterfeiting of the gift of discerning of spirits is done by mind reading. Study these chapters in your Bible to help you distinguish the real from the counterfeit. ye might well bear with him. Their source is Satan. (II Corinthians 11:3-4) You can also recognize counterfeiters by their personal characteristics. there will even be a Satanic counterfeit of Christ called the antichrist (I John 2:18. The gifts become a channel through which God's love can flow to those around us. or if ye receive another spirit. the word of knowledge is counterfeited by witches pretending to foretell the future and the unknown. which ye have not accepted.the "more excellent way" in which the gifts are used. Counterfeit gifts do not agree with what the Bible teaches about Jesus. When anyone ministers a gift. These are listed in II Peter 2 and the book of Jude. A WARNING: SATAN'S COUNTERFEIT Satan counterfeits the gifts of the Holy Spirit.22). A witch is a person who seeks to know things and perform acts through supernatural sources other than God. Even miracles are counterfeited by Satan (Exodus 7) and will be performed by the antichrist (Revelation 13:14). For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus. or another gospel. Love is the key to using spiritual gifts effectively. 68 . Read again Ephesians 4:12-15. which ye have not received. In the final days of time. how do you distinguish the counterfeit from the real? The counterfeit does not fulfill the Scriptural purposes of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. what do they say about Jesus? Does it agree with the written Word of God? But I fear. Much counterfeiting of the gifts is accomplished through the occult. For example. so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. A counterfeit is something that imitates something real. lest by any means. The Bible says he sometimes even appears as an angel (II Corinthians 11:14). Satan is a deceiver. whom we have not preached.
Write the Key Verse from memory.SELF-TEST 1. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. __________________ _______________ List five objectives for spiritual gifts: ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ 5. List four abuses of spiritual gifts: _________ 7. ___________ ___________ ___________ Who is the source of spiritual gifts?______________________________________ What is the key to using your spiritual gift?_______________________________ How can you distinguish the real gifts of the Holy Spirit from Satan's counterfeit? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. What are spiritual gifts? ________________________________________________________________________ 69 . Does everyone have at least one spiritual gift? Give at least one Scriptural reference to support your answer. 9. ________________________________________________________________________ 6. List the three purposes for spiritual gifts: ________________ 4. What is the difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. 8.
g. h.11._____Gifts used without love are not effective. If the statement is TRUE write T on the blank in front of it. interpretation._____No one Christian has all the gifts._____We cannot choose our gifts. What is the difference between spiritual "gifts" and the "gift" of the Holy Spirit? ________________________________________________________________________ 13. If the statement is FALSE write F on the blank in front of it. ________________________________________________________________________ 12._____God gives spiritual gifts especially for your own pleasure. d._____Since the church is firmly established. i. or were some just for the early Church? Explain your answer._____"That which is perfect" is already here so we no longer need tongues. (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. and prophecy. a._____You are born with spiritual gifts. e.) 70 ._____Human talents are not spiritual gifts. c._____We will have to give an account to God for the way in which we use our gifts. Read each statement. b. Are all the spiritual gifts for today. supernatural signs of God's power are no longer for today. f.
(I Timothy 4:14. We are to be ____________________ of them and _____________ them. They are not true believers and use false gifts to deceive God's people. We are a ______________________. It is important to know about spiritual gifts because: a.” These are people who are counterfeits. Matthew 25:14-30) b.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. Name ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Talent ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ 2. Look up the following verses. List the personal characteristics of "false prophets" and "certain men who crept in unawares. We will be held ____________________ to God for their use. List the names of the individuals and their natural talent: NATURAL TALENTS Reference Genesis 4:20 Genesis 4:2 Genesis 4:21 Genesis 4:22 Genesis 25:27 3. (I Peter 4:10. Natural talents can be used by God as well as spiritual gifts. Study the following references and complete the sentences. Study II Peter 2 and the book of Jude. I Corinthians 4:1-2. I Corinthians 12:1) 71 .
Look over the qualities listed above. I Corinthians 13 lists many qualities of love. III. You should have knowledge of spiritual gifts: I Corinthians 12:1 There are many gifts but they all come from the same Spirit: The Trinity of God is at work in all of the gifts. Write the verse number which mentions each quality in the blanks provided. We should all care for each other: I Corinthians 12:25-26 72 I. . II. I Corinthians 12:12-31 A. I Corinthians 12:4-11 We are to function as a body in using spiritual gifts: Each part should be in harmony with other parts.4. List the specific qualities of love you will need in order to love this person. The first one is done as an example for you to follow: __5__Patient _____Kind _____Not jealous _____Does not brag _____Not arrogant _____Does not act unbecomingly _____Does not seek its own _____Not provoked _____Does not take into account a wrong suffered _____Does not rejoice in unrighteousness _____Rejoices with the truth _____Bears all things _____Believes all things _____Hopes all things _____Endures all things Write down the name of someone you have difficulty in loving. There should be no division [schism] in the body. I will need these following specific qualities in order to love him/her: _________________________________________________________________ 5. I have difficulty in loving________________. Use the following outline to study the proper use of gifts as discussed by Paul in I Corinthians 12-14.
God sets spiritual gifts in order in the church: I Corinthians 12:28 Not everyone has the same gift: I Corinthians 12:28-30 We should desire spiritual gifts. C. F.37-38 VII. 14:1 Love is the key to using all gifts: I Corinthians 13 Gifts should edify the church: I Corinthians 14:12 If you have the gift of tongues you should also pray for the gift of interpretation: I Corinthians 14:1-13 A. The main guideline for proper use of gifts: Let all things be done decently and in order. You should not forbid to speak in tongues and you should desire to prophesy: I Corinthians 14:39 Foolish questioning should not be part of the worship service: I Corinthians 14:3435.B. IV. D. All things should be done in an orderly way during worship services. VI. VIII. V. C. I Corinthians 14:40 73 . You do not lose control when the Holy Spirit ministers through you. E. Praising in the Spirit without understanding and praising with understanding are both part of worship: I Corinthians 14:14-15 Speaking words that others understand is important when there are unbelievers present: I Corinthians 14:16-19 Tongues are a sign to those who do not believe: I Corinthians 14:22-25 Prophesying benefits those who believe: I Corinthians 14:22-25 B. I Corinthians 12:31. D. You have the control to use the gifts properly: I Corinthians 14:32 Confusion is not of God: I Corinthians 14:33 B. Tongues should not be used unless there is someone present with the gift of interpretation: I Corinthians 14:26-31 A.
CHAPTER SIX SPECIAL GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C Name four divisions of spiritual gifts used in this study. evangelists. Explain the difference between the special gift of being a teacher and the gift of teaching. 74 . and some. and some pastors and teachers. and sign gifts. and some prophets. (Ephesians 4:11) INTRODUCTION Before studying this chapter read the Bible passages below. Following chapters explain speaking. These references list the gifts of the Holy Spirit: -Romans 12:1-8 -I Corinthians 12:1-31 -Ephesians 4:1-16 -I Peter 4:7-11 Turn to the Appendix of this manual. Identify the special gifts of the Holy Spirit. Read these same passages as they are translated in the Amplified version of the Bible. We have made it to help you remember the various gifts more easily. KEY VERSE: And He gave some apostles. Explain the difference between the special gift of being a prophet and the gift of prophecy. This chapter discusses the special gifts. For study purposes we have divided the gifts into four major categories: -Special Gifts -Speaking Gifts -Serving Gifts -Sign Gifts The Bible does not make such a division of the gifts. serving.
. prophets. in the body. He is equipped to fulfill his special purpose in the church through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.. That source is the Holy Spirit. God has a specific place in the Church for each believer: But now hath God set the members.knows and performs its function (I Corinthians 12:1-31). evangelists.” We use this title for these gifts because each one is a special leadership position in the church: And He gave some. I have no need of you. and some.. as it hath pleased Him. (I Corinthians 12:21-22) As you study spiritual gifts. much more those members of the body. This is done to permit you to complete your study of each gift before going on to the next one. and some. (I Corinthians 12:18) Every member has a place which God has chosen for him. When each believer is filling the place God has chosen for him and using his spiritual gift.) SPECIAL GIFTS The first group of spiritual gifts are what we will call "special gifts. (Note: In this and the following three chapters suggestions are given "For Further Study" as each spiritual gift is discussed. The special leadership gifts are: 75 . remember also that they are not natural abilities.SET IN THE BODY The previous chapter explained the unity and diversity of spiritual gifts. the church operates smoothly. and some. every one of them. Although there are many different gifts. Remember as you study these spiritual gifts that each is equally important in the Body of Christ just as each member of the human body is important: And the eye cannot say unto the hand. (Ephesians 4:11) These leadership positions are sometimes called "offices" in the church. I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet.from the eye to the toe. Nay. God compares it to the operation of the human body in which each member. "Office" means a place of responsibility and duty.. they all come from one source. apostles. are necessary. which seem to be more feeble. They are abilities from the Holy Spirit to equip believers for Christian service. pastors and teachers.
They were part of the founding of the Church... and some. (I Corinthians 12:28) 76 . Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him..” The apostle has a special authority or ability to extend the Gospel throughout the world by developing organized bodies of believers..-Apostles -Prophets -Evangelists -Pastors -Teachers APOSTLES And God hath set some in the church. (I Corinthians 12:28) And He gave some apostles. partakers of the heavenly calling. (Ephesians 4:11) According to this passage.. (Matthew 10:2) The twelve apostles had a special function. Paul again confirms this: And God hath set some in the church.. Apostle means "a delegate. Jesus Christ was called an apostle: Wherefore holy brethren. secondarily prophets. prophets. first apostles. (Hebrews 3:1-2a) The twelve disciples of Jesus were called apostles: Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. first apostles. one sent with full power and authority to act for another. consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. God is the one who selects apostles.. The Bible speaks of three different categories of apostles.. there is also a general apostolic gift of the Holy Spirit: And He gave some apostles. (Ephesians 4:11) An apostle is one who has a special ability to develop new churches in different places and cultures and to oversee a number of churches as a supervisor... Modern terms used by the church for an apostle are missionary and church-planter. Christ Jesus.. While they had a function which no other believers will ever have..
The calling and desire to be an apostle comes from God: Paul. and fasted. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the churches established in the faith. neither by man. As they ministered to the Lord. (Galatians 1:1) This special gift is usually recognized by a local church who does the sending of the apostle to other places: Now there were in the church that was at Antioch. They give leadership to these churches and have special spiritual signs in their ministry. (II Corinthians 12:12) And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people. in signs. and wonders. and mighty deeds. (Acts 16:4-5) Apostles extend the Gospel message by raising up churches. and certain other of them.. Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them. they delivered them the decrees for to keep. (Acts 5:12) The special leadership of apostles over the churches is illustrated in the book of Acts: And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren and said. they determined that Paul and Barnabas. the Holy Ghost said. certain prophets and teachers. they 77 . and God the Father.. who raised him from the dead. but by Jesus Christ. and laid their hands on them. And when they had fasted and prayed. and increased in number daily. an apostle. (not of men.. ye cannot be saved.The Bible speaks of special signs which confirm that a person has the gift of being an apostle: Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience. should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. (Acts 15:1-2) And as they went through the cities..
but under the law of Christ. And this I do for the gospel's sake.sent them away. they returned again to Lystra. so have I strived to preach the gospel. (being not without law to God. and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. and Antioch. they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men. that I might gain the Jews. lest I should build upon another man's foundation. and to Iconium. and had prayed with fasting. (II Corinthians 10:16) The apostle is willing to adapt to other cultures and lifestyles in order to win people for Christ: For though I be free from all men. (Acts 13:1-3) An apostle desires to minister in places where others have not worked: Yea. and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. to them that are under the law.. that I might by all means save some. they commended them to the Lord. (I Corinthians 9:19-23) The apostle develops churches with trained leadership that can carry on without him: And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many. as without law. To the weak became I as weak. as under the law. But as it is written. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew. To them that are without law. yet have I made myself servant unto all. not where Christ was named. Confirming the souls of the disciples. 78 . And when they had ordained them elders in every church. and exhorting them to continue in the faith. (Romans 15:20-21) To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. on whom they believed. that I might gain the more. To whom He was not spoken of..) that I might gain them that are without law. that I might gain them that are under the law.
The seal. book of Acts PROPHETS And God hath set some in the church.9 Galatians 1:9 Gospels.. Use these references for further study: -Paul: -Andronicus and Junia: -Apollos: -James: -Apostles of Jesus: Galatians 1:1 Romans 16:7 I Corinthians 4:6..(Acts 14:21-23) This verse reveals that follow up ministry and the raising up of qualified leadership for new churches are responsibilities of an apostle.. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. or evidence. prophets.. first apostles. The other is the 79 . deceitful workers. One is the special gift of being a prophet. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth which he had organized: . of the apostolic gift is the spiritual result it brings in the lives of others. (II Corinthians 11:13-15) FOR FURTHER STUDY: The New Testament gives several examples of those who had the apostolic gift.. (Ephesians 4:11) There are two prophetic gifts. The Bible warns of false apostles who are deceitful but can be recognized by their works: For such are false apostles.of the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.. And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (I Corinthians 12:28) And He gave some apostles. and some. whose end shall be according their works. secondarily prophets. (I Corinthians 9:2b) The ability to raise up communities of believers and organize them into a church body is the seal of the gift of apostleship.
Those with the special gift of being a prophet do not just speak under the inspiration of God. that all may learn.speaking gift of prophecy. It is the special ability to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely-anointed utterance. which was one of the seven. The gift of Holy Spirit infilling was not yet given. But a person is not a prophet just because he prophesies. Agabus gave Paul spiritual direction regarding what would happen in Jerusalem (Acts 21:11). In general. and all may be comforted. the definition applies to the special leadership gift of a prophet as well as the speaking gift of prophecy. (I Corinthians 14:31) But Paul indicated that not everyone was a prophet. And as we tarried there many days. and abode with him. prophecy refers to speaking under the special inspiration of God. And the same man had four daughters. and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist. Paul told the whole church to desire the gift of prophecy: Follow after charity. and desire spiritual gifts. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we now have access to the presence 80 . there came down from Judaea a certain prophet. The presence of God was shut up in the Holy of Holies. He asked: Are all prophets? (I Corinthians 12:29) The difference between a prophet and prophesying is apparent in the following passage: And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed. which did prophesy. (Acts 21:8-11) Philip's daughters had the speaking gift of prophesy. To this point. But Agabus was a prophet who not only gave prophetic messages but held a leadership position in the church. and came unto Caesarea. named Agabus. They also hold an office of authority and leadership in the church. In the Old Testament people went to prophets for guidance. virgins. but rather that ye may prophesy. God used him in a leadership role regarding Paul's ministry. This is confirmed in Acts 13:1-4 where prophets and teachers were used in a leadership capacity to guide Barnabas and Saul into the special ministry to which God had called them. (I Corinthians 14:1) For ye may all prophesy one by one.
The gift of the Holy Spirit has been given and. one of His purposes is guidance: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God. and they testified against them. The New Testament gives no record of believers seeking guidance from prophets after the gift of the Holy Spirit was given. he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest. and so falling down on his face he will worship God. Prophecy can convict unbelievers and cause them to turn to the Lord: But if all prophesy. they are the sons of God. To prophesy means to declare openly words from God that exhort. and comfort: But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification. Paul already knew he was to go to Jerusalem. The words spoken by a prophet under divine inspiration are called prophecies. and comfort. as you previously learned. and there come in one that believeth not.of God. and report that God is in you of a truth. (I Corinthians 14:24-25) One of the purposes of a prophet is to bring people to repentance: Yet He sent prophets to them. or one unlearned. It was not a prophecy of guidance telling Paul whether or not to go to Jerusalem. to bring them again unto the Lord. This is one of the functions of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. But God still uses this gift to confirm guidance He has already given to a believer through the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 14:3) Prophecy ministers not only to believers through edification but also to the unsaved. edify. Each believer should learn how to be led by God's Spirit. (Romans 8:14) It is no longer necessary to go to a prophet to receive spiritual guidance. he is convinced of all. and exhortation. The prophecy of Agabus revealed what would happen to him there. (II Chronicles 24:19) The Bible refers to prophecy as a great gift and more to be desired than the gift of tongues: 81 . This is what happened in the case of Agabus and Paul. but they would not give ear.
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification and exhortation and comfort. (I Corinthians 14:1-3) I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied; for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. (I Corinthians 14:5) Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (I Corinthians 14:39) The Holy Spirit is always in control of true prophecy and directs attention to Jesus Christ: Now, concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed; and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. (I Corinthians 12:1-3) Prophecy is never to replace the written Word of God. The Bible says prophecy will cease, but the W ord of God abides forever: ...but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail... (I Corinthians 13:8) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (I Peter 1:25) The Bible warns of false prophets (Matthew 24:11,24; Mark 13:22). A person called "the false prophet" will be evident in events at the end of the world (Revelation 13:11-17; 16:13; 19:20; 20:10). Because there are false prophets, God's word provides several ways to identify true prophecies. You can recognize them by:
DOCTRINAL ERROR: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith. (Romans 12:6)
The phrase "in proportion to faith" means in right relation to the faith. The way to recognize true prophecies is by whether or not they agree with the basic doctrines of the Christian faith revealed in the Bible. For example, false prophets do not confess the deity of Jesus Christ: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist... (I John 4:1-3) False prophets teach sexual immorality and permissiveness: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you... (II Peter 2:1-3) False prophets try to lead people away from obedience to God's Word (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). This type of prophecy is not in right relation to the Christian faith. 2. DECEIVING SIGNS:
False prophets deceive people with miraculous signs: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great 83
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:11,24) 3. BAD FRUIT:
The evidence of spiritual fruit is the true test of any ministry: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits... (Matthew 7:15-16) In Chapter Eleven you will study the fruit of the Holy Spirit. These are spiritual qualities which a true prophet will have. 4. FALSE CLAIMS:
Any prophet who claims to be divine or the same as Christ is false: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:23-24) 5. UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES:
The final test by which a true prophet can be identified is whether or not what he has prophesied comes to pass: But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
FOR FURTHER STUDY: Prophecy can come from three different sources: -The human spirit: -Evil and lying spirits: -The Holy Spirit: Jeremiah 23:16; Ezekiel 13:2,3 Isaiah 8:19-20; I Kings 22:22; Matthew 8:29; Acts 16:17 II Samuel 23:2; Jeremiah 1:9; Acts 19:6; 21:11
This is why we must judge prophecies to determine whether or not they are from the Holy Spirit. The Bible gives many examples of Old and New Testament prophets for you to study to increase your understanding of prophets and the gift of prophecy. As you study these references try to distinguish between those who had the special gift of being a prophet [leadership] from those who had just the gift of prophecy. Old Testament Prophets: Abraham: Moses: Habakkuk: Isaiah: Micah: Hosea: Ephriam: Joel: Jeremiah: Gad: Zechariah: Ahijah: Samuel: Jehu: Nathan: Michaiah: Jonah: Iddo: Azzur: Ezekiel: Hananiah: Daniel: Balaam: Amos: Genesis 20:7 Deuteronomy 34:9 Habakkuk 1:1 II Kings 19:2 Matthew 2:5-6 Matthew 21:15 Hosea 9:8 Acts 2:16 Jeremiah 1:5 I Samuel 22:15 Zechariah: 1:1 I Kings 11:29 I Samuel 3:20 I Kings 16:7 II Samuel 7:2 I Kings 22:7-8 II Kings 14:25 II Chronicles 13:22 Jeremiah 28:1 Ezekiel 2:1-5 Jeremiah 28:17 Matthew 24:15 II Peter 2:15-16 Acts 7:42-43 85
evangelists. (Ephesians 4:11) An evangelist has a special ability to share the Gospel with non-believers in a way that men and women respond and become responsible members of the Body of Christ. and some. and some pastors and teachers. The meaning of the word "evangelist" is "one who brings good news. and some prophets.Shemh: Elisha: Elijah: Haggai: David: Aaron: Azariah: Obed: Asaph: II Chronicles 12:5 I Kings 19:16 I Kings 18:22 Haggai 1:1 Acts 2:29-30 Exodus 7:1 II Chronicles 15:8 II Chronicles 15:8 Psalms 78:2 Old Testament Prophetessess (female): Miriam: Exodus 15:20 Deborah: Judges 4:4 Huldah: II Kings 22:14 Noadiah: Nehemiah 6:14 Isaiah's Wife: Isaiah 8:3 New Testament Prophets: Jesus: John the Baptist: Agabus: Judas: Silas: Antioch Leaders: Matthew 21:11 Matthew 11:7-11 Acts 11:27-28. 21:10 Acts 15:32 Acts 15:32 Acts 13:1 New Testament Prophetesses (female): Anna: Luke 2:36 Philip's Daughters: Acts 21:8-9 Study the guidelines for using prophecy when the church meets together: I Corinthians 14:29-31 EVANGELISTS And He gave some apostles.” 86 .
make full proof of thy ministry.. and we entered in to the house of Philip the evangelist. In Ephesians it is listed as one of the special gifts: And He gave some. and again. Philip was one who had the spiritual gift of being an evangelist: And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed.. (John 1:45-46) Later Philip directed spiritually hungry Greeks to Jesus: The same came therefore to Philip. and saith unto him. (Acts 21:8) Philip is actually the only person in the New Testament called an evangelist. Come and see. We have found him. saying. Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. God gives some the special gift of being an evangelist.evangelists. (John 12:21-22) Philip was chosen as a disciple (Matthew 10:3) and was in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came (Acts 1:13). Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him. His tendency towards this gift was evident from early in his experience with Christ. Philip was ordained by man as a deacon in the church (Acts 6:16) but set by God as an evangelist (Ephesians 4:11-12). (Ephesians 4:11) Timothy is told to do the work of an evangelist: But watch thou in all things.. of whom Moses in the law and the prophets. When Philip met Jesus the first thing he did was to share the news with Nathanael: Philip findeth Nathanael. And Nathanael said unto him. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew. endure afflictions... (II Timothy 4:5) Although all believers are to "do the work of an evangelist" and share the Gospel with others. did write.. Sir. and came unto Caesarea. Jesus of Nazareth.The Word evangelist occurs three times in the New Testament. we would see Jesus. the son of Joseph..and desired him.. 87 . do the work of an evangelist.
The Greek word "pastor" actually means shepherd. Pastors are leaders who assume long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. and some. healings: -Baptized: -Preached [the Kingdom of God]: -House was set in order: -Traveled to spread the Gospel: -Ability to persuade groups: -Stirred entire cities: -Ministered to individuals: -Led by God: -Knowledge of the Word of God: -Known by effectiveness of ministry and response of people: PASTORS And He gave some apostles.. that great shepherd of the sheep. Many believe this is the same as a pastor because of the following verse spoken of Jesus: For ye were as sheep going astray: but are now returned unto the Shepherd 88 Acts 8:35 Acts 8:5-8 Acts 8:12.40 Acts 8:6 Acts 8:8 Acts 8:27-38 Acts 8:26. (I Peter 5:4) Jesus also referred to Himself as the good shepherd and listed some of the functions of a shepherd in John 10:1-18. that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus.. (Hebrews 13:20) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear. and some pastors and teachers. (The New Testament was originally written in Greek).FOR FURTHER STUDY: Further study of the ministry of Philip will expand your knowledge of the special gift of being an evangelist: -His message: -Deliverance.35-39 . and some prophets. (Ephesians 4:11) This is the only place in the King James version of the New Testament where the word "pastor" is used. ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.36-38 Acts 8:12 Acts 21:8-9 Acts 8:4-5.39 Acts 8:30-35 Acts 8:5-6. pastors should follow the example set by Jesus Christ as a "pastor" or "shepherd" of people: Now the God of peace. evangelists.8. The Bible mentions the office of a bishop (I Timothy 3).12. miracles.26. Because the word means shepherd.
should certainly also be met by one who would lead these people as a pastor. Neither as being lords over God's heritage. (I Peter 2:25) The spiritual requirements for bishops.. which He hath purchased with His own blood. They have made it desolate. (Jeremiah 10:21) Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard. over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers. and being desolate it mourneth unto me. and have not sought the Lord.. This is to be done with a proper motive and not just for financial gain: Take heed therefore unto yourselves. therefore they shall not prosper. Study these in I Timothy 3:1-13. (I Peter 5:2-4) The word "pastor" is used in the Old Testament only in the book of Jeremiah. Ye have scattered my flock. And when the chief shepherd shall appear. (Acts 20:28) Feed the flock of God which is among you taking the oversight thereof. God gives special warnings to pastors: . not for filthy lucre. and to all the flock.and Bishop of your souls. elders. and all their flocks shall be scattered. Here. and have not visited them: behold. saith the Lord. but being ensamples to the flock. saith the 89 . they have trodden my portion under foot. I will visit upon you the evil of your doings. which were positions of leadership in the early church. but of a ready minds. (Jeremiah 12:10-11) Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture. The responsibilities of a pastor are to spiritually feed and protect those under his ministry. and drive them away. to feed the church of God.the pastors also transgressed against me. they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. the whole land is made desolate because no man layeth it to heart. ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (Jeremiah 2:8) For the pastors are become brutish. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people. and deacons.
(Romans 12:7) Not all believers receive the special gift of teaching.. TEACHERS And He gave some apostles.. (Ephesians 4:11) Teachers are believers who have the special ability of communicating the Word of God effectively in such a way that others learn and apply what is taught.” God gives some the special gift of teaching. You will recall that Acts 13:1-4 showed teachers in a special leadership position [along with the prophets] in guiding the ministry of Paul and Barnabas.. and some. (Hebrews 5:12) All mature believers are to be involved in teaching the Gospel whether or not they have 90 . Teaching involves training. and some pastors and teachers. and some prophets. (Jeremiah 23:1-2) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Study the requirements for being a bishop or deacon in the church in I Timothy 3:1-13. All believers do not have the special gift of teaching or the speaking gift of teaching. evangelists.. teachers.are all teachers? (I Corinthians 12:29) His answer to this question was "no.... The special gift of being a teacher differs from the speaking gift of teaching just as being a prophet differs from the speaking gift of prophecy.... (I Corinthians 12:28) .thirdly. These also apply for one who serves as a pastor. not just communicating information. Study the characteristics of Jesus as the Good Shepherd given in John 10:1-18. ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God..Lord. But all believers are to be involved in teaching the basic Gospel message: For when for the time ye ought to be teachers...teachers. The Bible records: And He gave some.Or he that teacheth on teaching.. (Ephesians 4:11) And God hath set some in the church.... Paul asked: .
thy teachers have transgressed against me. These are people who claim to have the gift of teaching but do not teach the true Word of God: But there were false prophets also among the people. (Titus 1:11) Those who have been taught God's Word should teach faithful believers who will be able to teach others: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. the same commit thou to faithful men. 91 . (Because of this. who subvert whole houses. if followed. It is possible to have a wrong motive for teaching as well as false doctrine: Whose mouths must be stopped. A person with the spiritual gift of teaching does not teach man's wisdom: Which things also we speak. and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (II Timothy 2:2) This is the pattern of continuous teaching that. who privily shall bring in damnable heresies. (II Timothy 4:3-4) . who shall be able to teach others also. (Galatians 6:6) And the same thing that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses. and shall be turned unto fables.. (II Peter 2:1) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers...(Isaiah 43:27) II Peter chapter 2 and the book of Jude list some of the personal characteristics by which you can recognize false teachers.the special gift of teaching. even denying the Lord that bought them. Harvestime International Institute offers a separate course entitled "Teaching Tactics" to provide further instruction in this area).. rapidly multiplies to spread the Gospel throughout the world. having itching ears. teaching things which they ought not for filthy lucre's sake. The Bible warns of false teachers. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth. even as there shall be false teachers among you. not in the word which man's wisdom teacheth.
. comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Paul warns against those who are. (I Timothy 1:7) He stresses the importance of teaching with wisdom: .but which the Holy Ghost teacheth. warning every man. understanding neither what they say. 21:28 Acts 13:1 Acts 5:28-29 92 . and teaching every man in all wisdom..desiring to be teachers of the law. knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. dost thou commit sacrilege? (Romans 2:21-22) Teachers will be judged on the basis of what they have taught: My brethren.27.Christ in you.. the hope of glory: Whom we preach. nor whereof they affirm.. (I Corinthians 2:13) A teacher should have Godly understanding and wisdom. teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal. dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols. Who do you think might have had the special gift of being a teacher [a leadership position in the church]. (James 3:1) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Study the following examples of teachers in the New Testament. (Colossians 1:27-28) Teachers must live what they teach: Thou therefore which teachest another.. be not many masters. Who might have had only the speaking gift of teaching? -Appollos: -Aquilla and Priscilla: -Paul: -Unnamed: -Peter: Acts 18:24-25 Acts 18:26 Acts 20:20-21. dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery. .. that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Evangelists communicate the Gospel in such a manner that people respond to it and become believers. These believers then come under the care of apostles. but their ministry always produces new believers. The example of Philip in Acts chapter 8 illustrates this.Obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Teaching Tactics. They train faithful people who are capable of teaching others. Teachers provide instruction which goes beyond the presentation of the Gospel by the evangelist. Apostles extend the Gospel message to various regions and raise up organized bodies of believers. They may minister individually or in large groups. the Lord Jesus Christ. The following chart illustrates how the special gifts function together in the church: 93 . He brought the Samaritans to Christ. Pastors exercise long-term leadership and care for those who have believed through the message of the evangelist. then turned them to the apostles for further teaching. One of their functions is to give special messages from God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The apostle provides special leadership to the churches he raises up. They provide pastoral care to those who have become believers through the ministry of apostles. prophets. pastors. Prophets also provide leadership in the church. LEADERSHIP WORKING TOGETHER The five special gifts of leadership function together in the ministry of the church.” It focuses on the tactics used by the greatest teacher. Their ministry is a picture of the loving care of a shepherd for his sheep. The main responsibility of those with special leadership gifts is to train other believers to discover and use their spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:11-16). God gives special miraculous signs and wonders to assist in this extension of the Gospel. They teach believers to be spiritually mature. and teachers of the church who guide their spiritual development.
GOD GIVES APOSTLES PROPHETS EVANGELISTS PASTORS TEACHERS FOR PERFECTING/EQUIPPING OF SAINTS WHO WILL __________ MINISTER EDIFY RESULTING IN UNITY KNOWLEDGE PERFECTNESS THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE _____________ NO MORE CHILDREN GROW UP IN HIM (false doctrine) (truth) FINAL RESULT: EFFECTIVE WORKING OF ALL PARTS OF THE BODY IN LOVE 94 .
_____Everyone who teaches does not necessarily have the special gift of being a teacher._____Every believer should teach the Gospel to others. b. 95 .SELF-TEST 1._____Everyone who prophesies does not necessarily have the special gift of being a prophet. Read each statement. a. If the statement is FALSE write F on the blank in front of it. Write the Key Verse from memory. Why are these called "special gifts"? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. c. If the statement is TRUE write T on the blank in front of it. List the five special leadership gifts discussed in this chapter: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. but this does not mean that all believers have the gift of teaching. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2.
List One __2__Prophet List Two 1. also a leadership position. Assumes long-term leadership for the spiritual welfare of believers. Read the definitions in list two. 2. Shares the Gospel with nonbelievers in a way that they respond and become responsible members of the Body of Christ.) 96 .” 4. 3. "one who brings the good news.5. Look at the special gifts in list one. also a leadership position. Communicates God's Word in such a way that others will learn and apply what is taught. What are the four major divisions of spiritual gifts being used for study purposes in this and the following chapters: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. Speaks under special inspiration to communicate an immediate message of God to His people. The first one is done as an example for you. Write the number of the definition which describes the spiritual gift on the blank provided. Sent with authority to act for another to develop new churches and oversee them. 5. _____Apostle _____Pastor _____Evangelist _____Teacher 6. the word means shepherd.
CHURCH OFFICES Title Bishop References I Timothy 3:1-7 Philippians 1:1 Titus 1:5-9 I Peter 5:2-3 I Timothy 3:8-13 Philippians 1:1 Acts 6:1-7 Duties Many consider a bishop to be the same as a pastor.e. The record of the early church was preserved by God as an example for us to follow in church structure. The purpose of these offices is to assist those who have the special gifts of leadership discussed in this chapter. This was done to permit you to complete your study of each gift before going on to study the next one. prophets. Use the following outline to study these positions of leadership. evangelists. Believers with special gifts are leaders God sets in the church. They are special offices established by the early church through the leading of the Lord. Some churches have adopted this term for the wives of deacons or other women who minister in serving and helps. the apostles. Deaconesses I Timothy 3:11 Romans 16:1-2 Deaconesses are not mentioned specifically in the Bible. The offices of deacons and elders are mentioned in the New Testament. i. and teachers.FOR FURTHER STUDY Suggestions for further study were given as each special gift was discussed in this chapter.. minister to the needs of believers and assist in the development and care of local bodies of believers. Elders Acts 20:17. Some churches consider a bishop the same as a pastor. Deacon These verses indicate deacons have a ministry of serving and helps.15 Acts 16:4. These offices should also function in the church today. But these are not the only church leadership positions mentioned in the Bible. pastors. These positions of leadership are not the same as the special gifts of leadership we have just studied. 11:30 I Timothy 5:17 I Peter 5:1-4 97 . The position of bishop is also mentioned. These verses indicate elders provide leadership in the church and decisions.28-32 Acts 14:23. these verses do indicate he is to have long term care over a group of believers. Others consider it a separate office.
vigilant [Prudent. All of the verses we have listed here refer to the elders in the church rather than the elders of Israel. pastors.e. Titus 1:6.Titus 1:5.. teachers. should have only one mate]: I Timothy 3:2. These elders are different from the position of leadership known as an elder in the early church. There are many references to the elders of Israel throughout the Bible. God has set the special leaders in the church. apostles. QUALIFICATIONS The Bible gives specific qualifications which are to be met by those filling these church offices: BISHOPS AND ELDERS: -Above reproach [Should have a good reputation and not be in violation of God's Word]: I Timothy 3:2. evangelists.7 -Husband of one wife [If married. I Timothy 3:2 -Self-controlled [Demonstrates control in all areas of life and conduct]: Titus 1:8 -Sober. Man chooses the elders. sensible. Observe that the elders function in leadership along with the special gifts of leadership God has set in the church. The elders are not to run the church independent of the special leaders of God. prophets. wise and practical]: I Timothy 3:2. Titus 1:6 -Temperate [Moderate in all things]: Titus 1:8. Titus 1:8 -Able to teach [Has an ability communicate God's Word to others]: I Timothy 3:2. i. Titus 1:8 -Hospitable [Home is open to others]: I Timothy 3:2. Titus 1:9 -Not addicted to wine: I Timothy 3:3. James 5:14 Note: The word "elders" is first used in the Bible in Exodus 3:16 in reference to the leaders of Israel. Titus 1:7 -Patient [The opposite of being quick tempered]: I Timothy 3:3 -Not self-willed [Not self-centered and always wanting their own way]: Titus 1:7 -Not a new convert [Must have maturity and experience as a believer]: I Timothy 3:6 98 .
Free from the love of money]: Titus 1:7.-Loving what is good [Supporting all that is worthwhile to God and His purposes]: Titus 1:8 -Just [Fair in dealing with people]: Titus 1:8 -Stable in the Word: Titus 1:9 -Holy [Righteous. I Timothy 3:3 -Manages his own household well [Must show leadership ability in his own family]: I Timothy 3:4-5 -Having children who believe [Must have children who have responded to the Lord and are not rebellious]: Titus 1:6 -Good reputation with those outside [Must have a good testimony among non-believers]: I Timothy 3:7 DEACONS: -Dignity [Must be respected and demonstrate a serious mind and character]: I Timothy 3:8 -Not double tongued [Does not give conflicting reports]: I Timothy 3:8 -Not addicted to much wine: I Timothy 3:8 -Not fond of sordid gain [Not greedy for financial gain]: I Timothy 3:8 -Settled in his commitment to the faith: I Timothy 3:9 -Tested [A person who has undergone spiritual trials and temptations and proven faithful]: I Timothy 3:10 -Beyond reproach [The absence of any charge of violation in conduct]: I Timothy 3:10 -Husband of one wife [If married should have one mate]: I Timothy 3:12 -Good managers of children and household [Must demonstrate leadership in family life]: I Timothy 3:12 99 . sanctified]: Titus 1:8 -Not fond of sordid gain [Not known for greed for financial gain.
-Proven [Not a new convert. and each member of the body using their spiritual gift in the church in the place God has set them) The Foundation Laid By Apostles and Prophets Ephesians 2:20 BUILT UPON THE ROCK-JESUS CHRIST Matthew 16:18 I Corinthians 3:11 Ephesians 2:20 100 . but proven as a believer]: I Timothy 3:10 DEACONESS: -Women: I Timothy 3:11 -Dignified [Respected and demonstrate a serious mind and character]: I Timothy 3:11 -Not malicious gossips [Does not talk about others in a slanderous way]: I Timothy 3:11 -Temperate [Moderate in all things]: I Timothy 3:11 -Faithful in all things [Trustworthy and dependable in every area of life]: I Timothy 3:11 -Helper of many [Must minister to others and help meet their needs]: Romans 16:2 CHURCH STRUCTURE The Biblical structure of the church is shown in the following diagram: THE CHURCH Special Leadership Gifts: Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers (Ephesians 2:20-22) (assisted by special offices of bishops. elders. deacons.
are similar to two of the special gifts. as it hath pleased Him. The five speaking gifts are: -Prophecy -Teaching -Exhortation -Word of Wisdom -Word of Knowledge The first two speaking gifts.. (I Corinthians 12:18) INTRODUCTION Five gifts have been given the title of "speaking gifts" because they all involve speaking aloud. prophecy and teaching.. (I Corinthians 12:10) A person with the gift of prophecy speaks by the special inspiration of God to communicate an immediate message to His people. Distinguish between the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge. Define the speaking gifts.prophecy. PROPHECY For to one is given by the Spirit. 101 . But the speaking gifts of prophecy and teaching are not the same as the special leadership gifts of being a prophet or a teacher. Prophecy was discussed in detail in the section on the special gift of being a prophet. KEY VERSE: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body. Everything said there about prophecy given by a prophet also applies to the gift of prophecy.CHAPTER SEVEN SPEAKING GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C Identify the five speaking gifts.
and Antioch.. or comfort. (Romans 12:6. and exhorting them to continue in the faith. They simply deliver special messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit... and encouragement in such a way that others are helped. God sets teachers [who also have the gift of teaching] in special leadership positions in the church. EXHORTATION Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. the speaking gift of teaching does not mean a person has the special gift of being a teacher. People with this gift minister words of comfort. (Acts 14:21-22) 102 . and to Iconium.. people with the gift of prophecy do not have the special leadership position of a prophet.But the speaking gift of prophecy alone does not mean you have the special gift of being a prophet.let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth.. admonish... Exhortation is the ability to give wise spiritual counsel. Although they prophesy like prophets. To "exhort" literally means to call a person aside. to advise..8) The gift of exhortation is the ability to draw close to individuals in time of need. As in the example of prophets and prophecy.. counseling them correctly with the Word of God. consolation. God has set prophets [who also have the gift of prophecy] in special leadership positions in the church. As you previously learned.. (Romans 12:6-7) The subject of teaching was covered in the section on the special gift of teaching. recommend. on teaching. they returned again to Lystra. Confirming the souls of the disciples. Everything discussed applies also to the gift of teaching with the exception of the leadership position.” Exhortation was part of the apostle's follow up plan for the churches: And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many. A modern term for this gift would be "the gift of counseling. encourage..he that exhorteth on exhortation. TEACHING Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.
rebuke. and rebuke with all authority. (Titus 1:9) WITH ALL AUTHORITY: These thing speak. ________________________________________________________________________ 103 .. (I Thessalonians 2:11) BY GIVING INSTRUCTION WITH PATIENCE: Preach the word. as ye see the day approaching.but exhorting one another: and so much the more. exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. out of season: reprove. I Thessalonians 4:1 Jude 3 In what attitude should a person exhort another? See I Thessalonians 2:11 and 5:14. as a father doth his children. be instant in season. (Titus 2:15) MORE FREQUENTLY AS THE END OF TIME APPROACHES: .. (II Timothy 4:2) ON THE BASIS OF SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINE: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the gainsayers.The Bible teaches how exhortation is to be done: AS A FATHER WOULD HIS OWN CHILDREN: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you. Study these for further understanding of this gift: -Barnabas: -Judas and Silas: -Paul: -Jude: Acts 11:22-24 Acts 15:32 Acts 14:22.. (Hebrews 10:25) FOR FURTHER STUDY: The Bible gives several examples of people who had the gift of exhortation and counseled others.. II Corinthians 9:5. and exhort.
This gift is not called "the gift of wisdom" because it does not give one the total wisdom of God. 104 . what things were people encouraged to do? I Peter 5:1-2 II Timothy 4:1-4 I Thessalonians 2:11-12 II Thessalonians 3:12 _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Study the following verses and complete the chart: Who Acts 14:21-22 Acts 16:40 Acts 20:1 II Corinthians 1:3-7 ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ Encouraged Whom ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ WORD OF WISDOM For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom.When exhorted. Given the facts in any situation. (I Corinthians 12:8) The word of wisdom is the ability to receive insight as to how knowledge may be applied to specific needs.to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God. a person with this gift knows how to apply the facts to bring a wise solution. It is a word of wisdom. just a portion of God's infinite wisdom. and of Christ. This God-given wisdom is combined with an understanding of what to do and how to do it.. and of the Father. The word of wisdom is a divine insight into people and situations that is not obvious to the average person.. The gift of the word of wisdom does not come through education... The source of such wisdom is God: .
and righteousness. there is confusion and every evil work. and it shall be given him. (James 3:14-17) If you do not have the gift of the word of wisdom you can still develop spiritual wisdom. who of God is made unto us wisdom. let him ask of God. (Colossians 2:2-3) Jesus Christ was called the "wisdom of God": But unto them which are called. full of mercy and good fruits. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure. sensual. then peaceable. and sanctification. out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. without partiality. This wisdom descendeth not from above. (James 1:5) Wisdom is given to those who live a godly life: For the Lord giveth wisdom.30) Godly wisdom is not the same as the wisdom of the world: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus.In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. both Jews and Greeks. Christ the power of God. that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not. glory not. devilish. gentle. (I Corinthians 1:24. For where envying and strife is. He is a buckler to them that 105 . and easy to be entreated. (II Timothy 3:15) You can ask God for wisdom: If any of you lack wisdom. You can receive it by studying the Word of God: And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous. and the wisdom of God. but is earthly. and lie not against the truth. and redemption. and without hypocrisy.
The word of wisdom is a special ability given by God through the Holy Spirit. to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. It was written by King Solomon and is the practical application of spiritual wisdom. (Proverbs 2:6-7) But remember.. -Deuteronomy 34:9 -Exodus 36:1-2 WORD OF KNOWLEDGE For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom. Wisdom was evident in the ministry of Stephen: Acts 6:3. FOR FURTHER STUDY: Study the references made by Paul to wisdom: I Corinthians 2:1-13. What are the differences between the two wisdoms of which he writes? The word of wisdom was operative in his life. 21:15 -Acts 5:26-33 (observe wisdom in the statement "we ought to obey God rather than men"). The source of this spiritual knowledge is God: 106 . but only a portion of His knowledge. Like the word of wisdom. Study these examples of the word of wisdom in operation: -Luke 2:40-52.” It is not the total knowledge of God. See II Peter 3:15-16. List the characteristics of godly wisdom. Study James 3:17..walk uprightly. I Corinthians 2:4-8.(I Corinthians 12:8) The word of knowledge is the ability to understand things which others do not know and cannot comprehend and to share this knowledge with them under the inspiration of the Spirit. it is not called "the gift of knowledge.10 King Solomon was the best example of wisdom in the Old Testament: I Kings 3:5-28 Study the book of Proverbs. this spiritual wisdom available to all believers is not the same as the gift of the word of wisdom.” It is the gift of the "word of knowledge.
he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. This means it is knowledge revealed by God. It is not knowledge obtained through education or study. for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee. that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. not the spirit of the world. but which the Holy Ghost teacheth. (I Corinthians 2:11-14) The gift of the word of knowledge is revelatory knowledge. but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing. 10:19 Acts 9:1-18 107 . Simon Barjona. but my Father which is in Heaven. God is the source: . for they are foolishness unto him. Jesus said: Blessed art thou. 8:23. 11:14 Luke 2:25-35 Acts 5:1-11 Acts 27:13-44 Acts 5:1-10. neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man.. not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth. When Jesus asked Peter a spiritual question and he answered with a word of knowledge. comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 4:17-18. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. (I Corinthians 8:1-2) FOR FURTHER STUDY: New Testament examples of the word of knowledge for further study: -Jesus: -Simon: -Ananias and Sapphira: -Paul: -Peter: -Ananias: John 1:48.. but the Spirit of God. Now we have received. (Colossians 2:3) For what man knoweth the things of a man. (Matthew 16:17) The gift of the word of knowledge should be used in humility because you are not the source of the knowledge. but the Spirit which is of God. Which things also we speak.Knowledge puffeth up.In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Observe in this passage that Ananias: -Knew where Paul was: -Knew he was praying: -Knew he had seen a vision: -Knew he was a chosen vessel: -Knew he would suffer: -Knew he would be a witness: Verse Verse Verse Verse Verse Verse 11 11 12 15 16 15 108 .
2. Ability to train others in God's Word. Repeating what they have read.. b. Is this statement True or False? The gifts of the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge are the same. This was done to permit you to complete your study of each gift before going on to the next one. 4. _____Prophecy _____Word of Wisdom _____Teaching _____Word of Knowledge 5. Words of counsel. Read the definitions in list two. Trying to think of something God might want them to say.SELF-TEST 1. Ability to understand things others cannot and to share under the inspiration of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit giving them a word to speak. 5. comfort. Write the number of the definition which describes the gift on the blank provided.) Ple ase no te: Su gg estio ns Fo r Fu rthe r Stu dy for th is less on w ere giv en as e ac h sp ea kin g g ift w as d iscu sse d in this c ha pte r.. The statement is_____________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. 3. Circle the correct answer to complete this sentence: Believers give a word of wisdom or knowledge by. List One _____Exhortation List Two 1. ___________ ___________ __________ ___________ Read the list of speaking gifts in list one. Write the Key Verse from memory ________________________________________________________________________ 2. c. a. Speaks by special inspiration of God an immediate message to His people. 4. 109 . What are the five speaking gifts? ___________ 3. Insight as to how knowledge may be applied to specific needs.
These nine gifts "serve" the church by providing structure. Explain the difference between the gift of serving and the gift of helps. shall be servant of all. evangelist. (Mark 10:44) INTRODUCTION There are nine spiritual gifts which we will call the "serving gifts. and support in both spiritual and practical areas. The nine serving gifts are: -Discerning of spirits -Leadership -Administration -Faith -Giving -Helps -Serving -Mercy -Hospitality DISCERNING OF SPIRITS But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. pastor or teacher. 110 . prophet. Distinguish between the gift of faith and the fruit of faith.CHAPTER EIGHT SERVING GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C Identify the nine serving gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are not speaking gifts where one stands before the church body to minister the Word of God. organization. Neither are they sign gifts (which you will study in the next chapter) which are given to confirm the truth of the Gospel. Explain the difference between the gift of administration and the gift of leadership. KEY VERSE: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest.” These gifts are not special offices such as those of apostle.
whose end shall be according to their works. because they are spiritually discerned. Discerning of spirits is an important gift because the enemies against which we fight are not visible to the human eye. This gift serves the church by identifying people who would split the fellowship with wrong motives. but against principalities. and attitudes. This is why discernment is so important: And no marvel. against the rulers of the darkness of this world. even as there shall be false teachers among you. for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. and bring upon themselves swift destruction. giving heed to seducing spirits. who privily shall bring in damnable heresies. Spiritual things are not discerned with the natural mind: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him. In no way should discerning of spirits be confused with a critical spirit. (II Corinthians 11:14-15) As we near the return of the Lord Jesus... doctrines. neither can he know them.. (Ephesians 6:12) One of the strategies used by Satan is deception. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. (I Corinthians 12:7-10) Discerning of spirits is the ability to evaluate people. doctrines.For to one is given by the Spirit. They are recognized only through spiritual discernment: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood.discerning of spirits. these spirits of deception will increase: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly. against spiritual wickedness in high places. (I Timothy 4:1) The Apostle Peter warned: But there were false prophets also among the people. against powers. (I Corinthians 2:15) This gift is limited to the discerning of spirits. that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith. The gift is a spiritual gift. even denying the Lord that bought them. 111 . and doctrines of devils.. and situations as to whether they are of God or of Satan. It is not just discerning in general.
God has given a way to test the spirits. These spiritual senses are developed by study of God's Word: For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness. (Hebrews 5:13-14) FOR FURTHER STUDY: The following references are examples of use of the gift of discerning of spirits: -Jesus: -Paul: -Peter: Matthew 16:21-23.. (I John 4:1-3) You can learn to use your spiritual senses to discern between good and evil. (II Peter 2:1-2) If you do not have the gift of discerning of spirits you are not left defenseless. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. This test is valid whether or not you have the gift of discernment: Beloved. (Romans 12:6.. believe not every spirit. Luke 9:55 Acts 13:6-12. 8:18-24 (In Acts 8:18-24.he that ruleth.. with diligence. John 1:47.8) 112 . what is one intended result of the use of the gift of discerning of spirits?) LEADERSHIP Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. whereof ye have heard that it should come. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist. and even now already is it in the world.And many shall follow their pernicious ways. even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. for he is a babe. 16:16-18 Acts 5:1-11.. by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.
and David. and admonish you. that they may do it with joy. how shall he take care of the church of God? (I Timothy 3:5) This is true for one with the gift of administration as well. Diligence means to show constant care and effort to accomplish what is undertaken. It means to be industrious. (Hebrews 13:17) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Three of the greatest leaders were Moses. And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. attentive. A person with the gift of leadership should lead his own family well: For if a man know not how to rule his own house.. Believers should show respect for those who are leaders in the church: And we beseech you... brethren. Joshua's story is contained in the book of Joshua. and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.The spiritual gift of leadership is the ability to set goals in accord with God's purpose and to communicate these goals to others. Other great leaders were: -Nehemiah: Book of Nehemiah -Ezra: Ezra and Nehemiah -Peter: Book of Acts 113 . and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls. (I Thessalonians 5:12-13) We are told to. and are over you in the Lord. as they that must give account. to know them which labour among you. Joshua. Leadership is mentioned in Romans 12 and the qualification for this gift is that one leads [rules] with diligence. and to persevere. The story of Moses is found in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy.. Obey them that have the rule over you. You can read about David in the books of I and II Samuel. A person with this gift motivates and leads others to accomplish these goals for the glory of God.
For this cause left I thee in Crete.. and ordain elders in every city. The meaning of the word administration is similar to the word used for a pilot steering a ship. mine own son. helps. (I Corinthians 12:28) The gift of administration is actually called "governments" in the Bible.ADMINISTRATION And God hath set some in the church. diversities of tongues. Titus was administrator carrying out his instructions. Often a believer will have both the gifts of leadership and administration. Like the pilot of a ship he may not be the owner of the ship. secondarily prophets. But without the gift of leadership he does not have the ability to motivate and actually work with people to achieve goals. He raised up a church in Crete. (Titus 1:5) Paul had appointed Titus as administrator over the churches in Crete. that were in thee. but he has been entrusted with the responsibility of directing it on its voyage. and make decisions on behalf of others. after that miracles. governments. O Tyrus. thy wise men. Among other gifts. A person with the gift of administration has the ability to direct. organize. then Titus organized and directed it: To Titus. They are able to motivate people to accomplish spiritual goals. Although they motivate. organize. If a person has the gift of administration but does not have the gift of leadership. thirdly teachers. he will need someone with that gift to work with him. (Ezekiel 27:8) A person with this gift is responsible for direction and decision making. were thy pilots. first apostles. The gifts of leadership and administration both involve organizational skills which result in the accomplishing of spiritual goals. Paul was still the authority in the churches. A similar word is used for both in the Bible: The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were they mariners. one of the functions of administration is to train other believers 114 . A person with the gift of administration has the ability to give direction. they fail to organize in such a way that the goals can be achieved. Pastors and teachers often also have the spiritual gift of leadership.. The relationship of Titus and Paul illustrates how the gift of administration functions. But many of them do not have the gift of administration. that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting. According to this passage. then gifts of healings. and make decisions. Paul had the special leadership gift of being an apostle. as I had appointed thee.
and the conviction of their reality.. (Hebrews 11:1) The Amplified Bible adds to this definition: Now faith is the assurance.faith. and saving faith (Romans 5:1). Jesus spoke of people who did not use their faith as being faithless (Matthew 17:17). The Amplified Bible) Faith gives assurance that the things promised in the future are true and that unseen things are real. defensive faith (Ephesians 6:16). the evidence of thing not seen. Observe the value of planning and organization. For to one is given by the Spirit. It is special faith to meet a special need.. There are different kinds of faith.for leadership positions in the church. The Bible speaks of sanctifying faith (Galatians 2:20).. He spoke of those with little faith 115 . The Bible defines faith as: .. See also Acts 7:9-10. Joseph had a gift of administration. the title deed of the things we hope for.the substance of things hoped for. This is part of good administration.(I Corinthians 12:7-9) A person with the gift of faith has a special ability to believe with supernatural confidence and trust God in difficult circumstances. FOR FURTHER STUDY: Study the problem described in Acts 6:1-7. FAITH But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. being proof of things we do not see. The Bible reveals there are various levels of faith. What was the problem? Who used the gift of leadership? Who might have had the gift of administration? Read Luke 14:28-30. Faith is the perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses. He knows God is going to do the impossible. the confirmation. There is natural faith which is a trust in things that have proven stable. He organized and directed Egypt for Pharaoh. Study the life of Joseph in Genesis 37 through 50. He exercises this faith even when other believers around him do not believe... (Hebrews 11:1.
It is developed through spiritual growth just as fruit in the natural world develops through growth processes. Faith as a gift is an act. and talents to the work of the Lord. The word simplicity as used here means liberally. (Romans 10:17) Faith is listed in Galatians 5:22 as a fruit of the Holy Spirit as well as a gift. The Bible teaches that each person has a certain amount of faith given to him as a gift of God (Romans 12:3b).8) A person with the gift of giving has a special ability to give material goods and financial resources to the work of the Lord. strength. The gift of giving also includes the giving of time.. This chapter gives many examples of those who had great faith. -Abraham was called a man of faith: -Stephen apparently had the gift of faith: -Barnabas possibly had it: -Paul demonstrated great faith: -Faith emphasizes the impossible: Romans 4:16-21. Faith as a fruit is an attitude. and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 12:6. Luke 12:28) and of those with great faith (Matthew 8:10. For those who do not have the gift of faith the Bible tells how to increase faith: So then faith cometh by hearing. FOR FURTHER STUDY: Study Hebrews 11. Faith as a spiritual gift refers to power. 8:26: 14:31. As a fruit it refers to character. 15:28. Hebrews 11:18-19 Acts 6:5-8 Acts 11:22-24 Acts 27. He does it with joy and eagerness.. This faith knows no impossibilities.(Matthew 6:30. It also teaches that we are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). The one requirement for a person with the gift of giving is that it is done with simplicity.. It is the ability to act in faith in the face of impossibilities.he that giveth let him do it with simplicity. Luke 7:9). All Christians are to give to the work of the Lord: 116 . It puts no limits on what God can do. But the gift of faith is an unusual ability to believe God in every area of life. I Corinthians 13:2 GIVING Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.. Make a list of the things these people accomplished by their faith.
saith the Lord of hosts. or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. and pour you out a blessing. always having all sufficiency in all things. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes. and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground. (Malachi 3:10-12) According to this passage. Verse 10 Blessings on the work which provides their income. And all nations shall call you blessed. if I will not open you the windows of heaven. and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you. so let him give. 2. Verse 12 God blesses you financially upon the basis of how you give. (II Corinthians 9:7) All believers are to give tithe from their income. it is the same as robbing God: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field.8) Jesus also promised: 117 . that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. But ye say. saith the Lord of hosts. so great they cannot contain them. If believers do not give tithes and offerings. and prove me now herewith. (Malachi 3:8) God has promised special blessings to those who tithe their income: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.. not grudgingly. that there may be meat in mine house. that ye. Verse 12 Their own land [nation] will be blessed. for ye shall be a delightsome land. (II Corinthians 9:6. Verse 11 They will be a blessing to the nations of the world. those who give are promised: 1.Every man according as he purposeth in his heart. Unnamed blessings from God.. 3. may abound to every good work. he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly. He provides in order that you will have funds to give to the work of the Lord: But this I say. The tithe is 10% of all that is earned. saith the Lord of hosts. 4.
the things which were sent from you. good measure. an odour of a sweet smell. It is possible they had the spiritual gift of giving: -Widow: -Mary: -Galatian church: -Philippian church: -Macedonian churches: Mark 12:41-44.. shall men give into your bosom. (Ephesians 4:28) Paul commented regarding the giving of the Philippian believers: . (Philippians 4:18) He indicated because their gifts were a sacrifice they had pleased God. (Philippians 4:19) This promise was made to those who had given to the work of the Lord. Ephesians 4:28. FOR FURTHER STUDY: The following are Biblical examples of people who had an unusual ability to give to the Lord. a sacrifice acceptable. But remember: Although all believers are to give and are blessed of God for doing so. (Luke 6:38) The way you are to acquire the money or goods to give is described in Ephesians: Let him that stole steal no more. a special spiritual motivation to give.. pressed down. the thing which is good. a person with the gift of giving has an unusual ability to give joyfully to the Lord.Give. and shaken together. that he may have to give to him that needeth. working with his hands. Luke 21:1-4 John 12:3-8 Galatians 4:15 Philippians 4:10-18 II Corinthians 8:1-7 From what motivations must giving come? See M atthew 6:3. well pleasing to God. and running over. I Corinthians 13:3. Then he told these giving believers: But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. but rather let him labour. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 118 . and it shall be given unto you.
It is like serving as an assistant... 119 .HELPS And God hath set some in the church. my helpers in Christ Jesus... When Paul sent a woman named Phoebe to Rome. as becometh saints. (I Corinthians 12:28) A person with the gift of helps has the ability to assist others in the work of the Lord enabling them to increase the effectiveness of their own spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:6-7) The word "ministering" in this passage means serving. secondarily prophets. governments. let us wait on our ministering. and of myself also.or ministry. The gift of serving is an ability to perform practical tasks related to the work of the Lord. then gifts of healings. after that miracles. (Romans 16:1-2) Priscilla and Aquila apparently served Paul with the gift of helps.. for she hath been a succourer of many. our sister. anything assisting in the operation of a church or a ministry can be considered a gift of helps.. diversities of tongues. From custodian to musicians. FOR FURTHER STUDY: -Tabitha [Dorcas] had the gift of helps: Acts 9:36 -Women helped Jesus in His ministry: Mark 15:40-41 -The help given could be in the area of organizational responsibilities: Exodus 18:22. for he wrote: Greet Priscilla and Aquila. thirdly teachers. helps. A person who serves helps others accomplish spiritual goals by freeing them from routine but necessary duties. (Romans 16:3) The gift of helps is any work which supports or assists someone else. Numbers 11:17 -The ministry of helps can assist those who are weak: Acts 20:35 SERVING Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you. which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord. first apostles. he asked believers there to assist her with the gift of helps: I commend unto you Phoebe.
and was not ashamed of my chain: But when he was in Rome. They were to be honest and full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer.. musicians in the church help the pastor accomplish spiritual goals during a church service. look ye out among you seven men of honest report. On the other hand. full of the Holy Ghost. there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews.he whose gift is practical service. (Acts 6:1-4) Observe the qualifications for those who were to serve... For example. and wisdom.. brethren. a person with the gift of serving might totally relieve a pastor from involvement in the distribution of food to those in need within the church body. and found me. A person with the gift of helps assists someone in the performing of their ministry. thou knowest very well. and said.. and to the ministry of the word. because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them. whom we may appoint over this business. One who serves assumes the responsibility for certain tasks to free another to exercise their spiritual gift. (Romans 12:7) Serving differs from helps in that it relieves someone of certain duties. An example of this is found in the early church where certain believers "served" tables to free the apostles for more important spiritual tasks: And in those days when the number of the disciples was multiplied.. he sought me out very diligently. but use their gift to help him accomplish spiritual objectives.The Amplified Bible translates this passage. Paul spoke of those who ministered or served him: The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus for he oft refreshed me. They do not relieve him of the responsibility of the service. Wherefore. (II Timothy 1:16-18) 120 . let him give himself to serving. . It is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
(Romans 12:6. with cheerfulness. A person with the gift of mercy has special compassion on those suffering and an ability to help them. Compare the compassion of the disciples with that of Jesus as illustrated in the following events: 121 . The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them.he that showeth mercy. Mark 1:13 John 2:5.. and he that is chief. A requirement is that this gift should be ministered with cheerfulness. This is shown in the story of the Good Samaritan recorded in Luke 10:30-37. or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. The gift of mercy involves an attitude as well as an action. but also took action to help him.. as he that doth serve. The word "cheerfulness" refers to a joyful readiness to do anything possible immediately to relieve suffering. he that sitteth at meat. For whether is greater. let him be as the younger. This means you are able to feel with and for another. Luke 10:40 MERCY Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.The gift of serving involves bearing the burden of others: Bear ye one another's burdens. (Galatians 6:2) The attitude of one who serves was described by Jesus: And He said unto them. and so fulfill the law of Christ. The Samaritan not only had compassion on the victim of the robbers.9. and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you. (Luke 22:25-27) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Examples of serving: -Angels: -Serving or waiting at meals: Hebrews 1:14.8) "Mercy" means compassion. 4:11.
As every man hath received the gift. Luke 17:1-14 -The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:30-37 -Dorcus: Acts 9:36-42 HOSPITALITY Use hospitality one to another without grudging. (I Peter 4:9-10) The gift of hospitality is a special ability God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to provide food and lodging for those in need. Grudging means resenting having to do it.. 15:21-28. 17:14-18.13) Hospitality is one of the qualifications of a bishop: A bishop then must be. (Romans 12:9. as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.. even so minister the same one to another.Reference Matthew 15:23-28 Syrophoenician woman Mark 8:1-9 Multitudes Matthew 20:31-34 Blind men Mark 10:48-49 Blind Bartemaus FOR FURTHER STUDY: Jesus Healed daughter Disciples Send away Fed them Send away Healed them Tried to make them be quiet Tried to make him be quiet Healed him Study these illustrations of the gift of mercy: -Jesus. given to hospitality.. Mark 10:46-52..given to hospitality.(I Timothy 3:2) 122 .. A requirement for the use of this spiritual gift is that it is done without grudging. in connection with healing: Matthew 9:27-30. 20:3034.. Hospitality is an evidence of unhypocritical love: Let love be without dissimulation...
(Titus 1:7-8) FOR FURTHER STUDY: Lydia is an example of one with the gift of hospitality: Acts 16:14-15 Gaius hosted Paul in Rome: Romans 16:23 There is an exciting possibility in showing hospitality.. 123 .For a bishop must be blameless.. Discover what it is in Hebrews 13:1-2.a lover of hospitality... This happened to Abraham and Sarah: Genesis 18.
Why are these gifts called serving gifts? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. What is the difference between the gifts of helps and serving? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 124 .SELF-TEST 1. Write the Key Verse from memory. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What is the difference between the gifts of leadership and administration? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 5. List the nine serving gifts: __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ ___________________________ 3.
Is this statement true or false: Only those with the gift of giving are required to give money to the work the Lord. _____Faith _____Hospitality 8. The statement is:______________. Assists others in their ministry. Special ability to give. Special ability to believe. _____Helps _____Leadership _____Administration _____Giving _____Showing mercy _____Discerning of spirits 7. Ability to evaluate people. Relieves others of responsibility to perform practical tasks. Ability to motivate others to accomplish specific goals. 8. Read the definitions in list two. 5. 9.6. Directs on behalf of others. 7. Write the number of the definition which describes the gift on the blank in front of it. What is the difference between the gift of faith and the fruit of faith? ________________________________________________________________________ 10. 3. List One _____Serving List Two 1. ________________________________________________________________________ 9.) 125 . Define faith. Special compassion. 6. 4. and situations as to whether they are of God. Read the list of serving gifts in list one. doctrines. How can we increase our faith? ________________________________________________________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. Provides food and lodging. 2.
The church is edified by those who have the gift of celibacy (see I Corinthians 7:32-35). Celibacy should not be required however (see I Timothy 4:1-5). there is evidence that the Holy Spirit has provided for it to function as a gift (see Romans 8:26-27). These gifts are not specifically called gifts of the Holy Spirit. not a requirement to be imposed by the church or a denomination. In I Corinthians 7:7-8 the Apostle Paul refers to his gift of celibacy.FOR FURTHER STUDY Suggestions for further study for each of the nine serving gifts were given as each gift was discussed. CELIBACY: The gift of celibacy is the ability God gives to certain believers to remain single for the purpose of Christian service. The Bible lists additional gifts which are given to believers which were not covered in this lesson. Exodus 31:3-6). INTERCESSION: The gift of intercession is a special ability God gives to pray with great intensity for extended periods of time on a regular basis.” It is the ability to craft things of beauty and/or function for the work of the Lord. This was done to permit you to complete your study of each serving gift before going on to study the next one. Examples are seen in those given special skills by God to prepare items for the house of the Lord and garments for the priests (Exodus 28:3. For this reason they are not included in the study of spiritual gifts. Intercessors pray for the needs of people. -Numbers 14:17-19 -Acts 7:60 126 . To intercede means to plead on behalf of another. Although intercession is not specifically identified as a spiritual gift. Study the following passages to identify some of the purposes for intercessory prayer: -James 5:14-16 -I Timothy 2:1-2 -Ephesians 6:19 CRAFTSMANSHIP: There is another gift which we will call "craftsmanship. ministries. It is a gift of God. and nations. leaders.
and gifts of the Holy Ghost. which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord. and preached every where. according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4) INTRODUCTION There are four gifts which we will call "sign gifts" because they are supernatural signs of God's power working through believers to confirm His Word: And they went forth. God also bearing them witness. if we neglect so great salvation. Distinguish between the gift of tongues and speaking in tongues as a physical sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit. Name five causes for physical illness. miracles. the Lord working with them. and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him. and confirming the word with signs following. (Mark 16:20) The sign gifts minister to and through believers in healing. Explain the purposes of miracles. The four sign gifts are: -Miracles -Healing 127 . both with signs and wonders. Discuss Biblical guidelines governing use of the gift of tongues. These supernatural gifts are also a "sign" to unbelievers that God exists.CHAPTER NINE SIGN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C C Identify the four sign gifts of the Holy Spirit. and with divers miracles. KEY VERSES: How shall we escape. and special messages from God through tongues and interpretation.
-Tongues -Interpretation of tongues MIRACLES But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit...the working of miracles. (I Corinthians 12:7-10) Through a person with the gift of miracles God performs powerful acts which are beyond the possibility of occurring naturally. These supernatural acts are a sign that God's power is greater than that of Satan. Miracles accomplish specific spiritual purposes. God uses miracles to confirm the Gospel message: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will. (Hebrews 2:3-4) Miracles cause people to believe in Jesus and receive eternal life: And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name. (John 20:30-31) Miracles are also used by God to show approval of the person ministering. The ministry of Jesus was confirmed by miracles: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (John 3:2) Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him 128
in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know. (Acts 2:22) God confirmed the ministry of the apostles by miracles: Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (II Corinthians 12:12) There are different types of miracles. Jesus demonstrated miraculous control over physical elements: And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39) Physical healing and the casting out of demons are miracles: And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. (Acts 19:11-12) The miracles by the hands of Paul were called "special miracles.” The fact that they are called "special" to distinguish them from "ordinary" shows how common miracles were in the early church. The early church was birthed in a demonstration of great power. So common was the powerful manifestation of signs and wonders that this distinction was apparently necessary. Signs and wonders do not necessarily mean a man or ministry is of God, however. Satan deceives through miracles: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles... (Revelation 16:14) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (II Thessalonians 2:9-12) 129
These verses indicate that people are deceived through miracles of Satan because they are not grounded in the truth of the Word of God. FOR FURTHER STUDY: 1. Old Testament Miracles:
-Read the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. See if you can identify the 26 miracles which occurred during the time of Moses. -Read the books of I and II Kings. List the 21 miracles which occurred during the time of Elijah and Elisha. 2. New Testament Miracles:
-Study Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. List the miracles performed by Jesus Christ. -Study the book of Acts. List the miracles God performed through the apostles and others ministering in the early church. -Read Acts 9:36-41. What miracle is recorded here? What are the results of this miracle (Acts 9:42)? -According to Romans 15:18-19, what was evident in Paul's ministry which caused the Gentiles to become obedient to God? -Read II Corinthians 12:12. With what other spiritual gift is the gift of miracles associated? -What are two manifestations of miracles in Acts 19:11-12? HEALING But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given...the gifts of healing by the same Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:7-9) A believer with the gifts of healing has the ability to let God's power flow through him to restore health apart from the use of natural methods. "Healing" means to make well. This type of healing is called "divine healing" because it is done by the divine power of God rather than through natural means. 130
The healings recorded in the Bible were all immediate and complete recoveries of normal bodily functions. Physical healing is one of the spiritual signs that is to follow the ministry of all believers: And these signs shall follow them that believe...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover... (Mark 16:17-18) The elders of the church are also used of God to bring physical healing: Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:14-15) All believers can pray for the sick. Elders in the church can also pray for the sick. But a believer with a gift of healing is used specifically and consistently by God in this area of ministry. The name of this gift is plural. It is the "gifts" of healing. This is because there are various healing gifts, different ways healing comes, and various methods of using the gift of healing. God uses some believers in the healing of specific illnesses. For example, the Bible records that Paul was used in special miracles of healing (Acts 19:11-12). Some believers may have a special anointing to pray for the blind or deaf. Others are used in a more general healing ministry to pray for all types of sickness. In addition to curing physical affliction, healing can also include the casting out of unclean spirits [demons]: There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits; and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16) Faith in God is a key to receiving healing. Divine healing can come through the faith of the one ministering with this gift. Jesus raised a girl from the dead and healed her: But when the people were put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. (Matthew 9:25) Since the girl was dead, she could not have faith for healing. Healing came through the ministry and faith of Jesus.
. (Luke 4:40) . For example. (Acts 19:11) Healing comes through the anointing of oil in the name of the Lord: Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church. all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him.. (Matthew 8:8) He sent His word. saying. This was combined with the faith of the blind men to bring healing.. (Matthew 9:28-29) Jesus had the ability to perform this healing. Lord. Then touched He their eyes. He knew He was able to heal.Healing can also come because of the faith of the person who is sick: But Jesus turned Him about and when He saw her. According to your faith be it unto you. (Psalms 107:20) Healing comes by the laying on of hands: Now when the sun was setting. He said. (Mark 16:18) And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. and my servant shall be healed. The plural "gifts" of healing is also used because healing comes through various Biblical methods. and they shall recover. and He laid His hands on every one of them. and healed them. I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only... And the woman was made whole from that hour. be of good comfort. Lord..they shall lay hands on the sick. (Matthew 9:22) Healing also comes through the combined faith of the one who is sick and the one who is ministering: And when He was come into the house. Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him Yea. Daughter. and let them pray over him. healing can come through the spoken word: The centurion answered and said. thy faith hath made thee whole. and healed them. anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 132 . the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them.
and the Lord shall raise him up. He was bruised for our iniquities. but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. Paul spoke of fellow workers who were sick and apparently had not received healing through his ministry: . When ministering with the gifts of healing it is important to understand that everyone to whom we minister may not be healed. and they were healed every one.Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. bringing sick folks. that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. (Acts 5:15-16) We can have divine healing because Jesus suffered and took upon Himself our infirmities: But He was wounded for our transgressions.. But he kept on doing what God had called him to do. These are 133 .And the prayer of faith shall save the sick. (I Timothy 5:23) Paul did not stop using his gift of healing just because everyone to whom he ministered did not get healed. Everyone he prayed for was not healed. and if he have committed sins. and them which were vexed with unclean spirits. (II Timothy 4:20) Paul had the gifts of healing and special miracles. and laid them on beds and couches. (James 5:14-15) Healing has even come through the shadow of one with this gift: Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets. He suffered so we can be healed as well as saved. He was beaten and received stripes on His back for the healing of sickness. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem. Paul wrote to Timothy regarding a chronic illness: Drink no longer water. This would be like an evangelist ceasing to minister because everyone to whom he preached did not respond to the Gospel. but also to free us from sickness. they shall be forgiven him. the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. yet for some reason Trophimus was not healed through his ministry. and with His stripes we are healed.. Everyone Paul preached to did not respond positively to the Gospel message. There are reasons why healing does not come to everyone for whom we pray. He preached the Gospel and prayed for the sick and left the results in the hands of God. (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus suffered at Calvary not only to free us from sin.
By each healing. record the different methods used. Observe in the book of Acts the different people God used in the gifts of healing: -Acts -Acts -Acts -Acts -Acts 3:1-11: 5:15. The reason we have called this a "sign" gift rather than a "speaking" gift is that the Bible indicates clearly that this gift is given for a sign. and John to study the healing ministry of Jesus. Make a list of all the healings He performed. Philippians 2:25-27 TONGUES But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (I Corinthians 12:7-10) The gift of tongues is the ability to receive and communicate a message of God to His people through a language never learned. When one speaks in tongues it can be in a language known and recognized by the listeners: Now when this was noised abroad. FOR FURTHER STUDY: -For a detailed study of healing..” -Read Matthew.. because that every man heard them speak in his own language.. Note the types of sickness healed and the methods used. 28:7-9: Peter and John [apostles] Peter [apostle] Philip [evangelist and deacon] Ananias [unknown believer] Paul [apostle] -Study the following verses. Make a list of some of the reasons God performs healings: John 9:1-3.. "Tongues" means languages. the multitude came together. Mark. Luke." which deals with healing in detail and its purpose in extending the Gospel..divers kinds of tongues. obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Battle For The Body. 134 . Acts 3:1-10.discussed in the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Leaven-Like Evangelism. 9:32-34: 8:5-7: 9:17-18: 14:8-10. and were confounded. For to one is given by the Spirit. -Read the book of Acts to study the gifts of healing in action in the early church. 4:4..
The gift of tongues is the special ability to deliver messages from God to the church in a language not known by the speaker. (I Corinthians 14:2) As you previously learned. wherein we were born. for no man understandeth him. I Corinthians 14:15 Fulfillment of prophecy: I Corinthians 14:21. Behold are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue. speaking in tongues is the physical sign of having been baptised in the Holy Spirit. But this experience of speaking in tongues is different from the gift of tongues. saying one to another. The purposes of speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:6-8) It can also be in a language not known to man. and development..” 135 . See also Romans 8:26. The Holy Spirit knows just how and for what to pray.. Edification is not exalting self. Isaiah 28:11-12 also calls it spiritual refreshing. This is why the gift of tongues and the interpretation which should accompany use of this gift are called "sign gifts. I Corinthians 14:14. This is called speaking in unknown tongues: For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men. When a person with the gift of tongues gives a message to the church assembly and this message is interpreted it is for. improvement.27 Praise: Acts 10:46. Edification of the church: I Corinthians 14:12-13 A sign to unbelievers: I Corinthians 14:22. Intercession: The Holy Spirit speaks through the believer in an unknown tongue to intercede in prayer. but means encouragement. both as a sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues are for: Prayer to God: I Corinthians 14:2 Self edification: I Corinthians 14:4. howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries. Isaiah 28:11-12 The gift of tongues has two additional purposes. but unto God.And they were all amazed and marvelled. The word "intercede" means to pray on behalf of another.
9. 7. FOR FURTHER STUDY: -Study I Corinthians 12-14. 5. 2. 6. 8. -The gift of tongues is a sign to unbelievers. With what gift is tongues. when interpreted. 4. compared? -What are the purposes of this gift? See I Corinthians 14:4. For each passage listed discover who the unbelievers were and where they were from: 136 . There should be no confusion caused by this or any other gift: I Corinthians 14:40 3. -Read I Corinthians 14:5. -What guidelines are placed on the use of this gift in the assembled church? See I Corinthians 14:26-28. a believer with the gift of tongues should keep quiet if there is no interpreter: I Corinthians 14:28 He should also pray for the gift of interpretation himself: I Corinthians 12:13 In the church it is more important to speak in language understood than tongues if no interpreter is present: I Corinthians 14:18-19 Only one person should interpret at a time: I Corinthians 14:27 A person with the gift of tongues can control it: I Corinthians 14:32-33 Speaking in tongues is not to be forbidden: I Corinthians 14:39-40 The most important thing is order in the church services. Not everyone is to speak at one time: I Corinthians 12:30 To edify the church.There are specific guidelines given for using the gift of tongues in the church: l. the gift of tongues must be accompanied by interpretation so the listeners will understand what is said: I Corinthians 14:1-5 Because of this.5.22. These chapters discuss the use of spiritual gifts with emphasis on the gifts of tongues and interpretation in chapter 14.
Who Acts 2:2-13 Acts 10:24-28 Acts 19:1-7 Where From _______________ _____________________ _______________ _____________________ _______________ _____________________ INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. and let one interpret. interpretation may vary from the message in tongues in length or structure.. It is only when a message in tongues is interpreted that the church is blessed by it: I would that ye all spake with tongues. The interpretation of a message in tongues is given by the Holy Spirit to one with this spiritual gift. For to one is given by the Spirit the. not a word by word translation. The purpose of this gift is to provide interpretation of the message given by one with the gift of tongues: If any man speak in an unknown tongue. (I Corinthians 14:5) A person with the gift of tongues is to keep silent in the church if there is no one present with the gift of interpretation: But if there be no interpreter. but rather that ye prophesied. or at the most by three. let it be by two. Interpretation is a summary of the message. Because of this. and that by course. (I Corinthians 12:7-10) The gift of interpretation is a special ability to make known in a language understood the message of one who speaks in tongues. and let him speak to himself. (I Corinthians 14:13) 137 . except he interpret that the church may receive edifying. It is given by revelation from the Holy Spirit. let him keep silence in the church. and to God. It is not interpreted by knowing the language in which the message was given. for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues. (I Corinthians 14:28) A person with the gift of tongues should pray for the gift of interpretation: Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.interpretation of tongues. (I Corinthians 14:27) The gift of interpretation is to accompany use of the gift of tongues..
-On what occasions does the gift of tongues not require interpretation? See Acts 2:4-8. -Who interprets the tongues? See I Corinthians 14:13 and 27. The divisions made for purposes of study were: -Special gifts -Serving gifts -Speaking gifts -Sign gifts The following chart shows how each of these divisions fit together in the church to form a pattern of effective ministry: 138 .19:6. 10:44-48. -What should be the results when tongues are interpreted? See I Corinthians 14:5 -What is to happen if no interpreter is present? See I Corinthians 14:28.FOR FURTHER STUDY: -Study I Corinthians 14 for further guidelines on using the gift of interpretation of tongues. THE PATTERN OF EFFECTIVE MINISTRY This chapter concludes the study of the various spiritual gifts.
SPECIAL GIFTS Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers L TO EQUIP GOD'S PEOPLE SPEAKING GIFTS Prophecy Teaching Exhortation Word of Wisdom Word of Knowledge TO EXPLAIN GOD'S TRUTHS L SERVING GIFTS Serving Helps Leadership Administration Giving L Showing Mercy Discerning of Spirits Faith Hospitality TO ENABLE GOD'S WORK SIGN GIFTS Tongues Interpretation Miracles Healings TO ESTABLISH GOD'S AUTHORITY L 139 .
140 . According to John 20:30-31. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Making known in a language understood the message of one who speaks in tongues. _____Interpretation 3. Write the number of the definition that describes the gift in the blank provided. List One _____Healing _____Tongues List Two 1. Look at the sign gift in list one. Write the Key Verses from memory. Powerful acts beyond the possibility of occurring naturally.SELF-TEST 1. 2. What are the four sign gifts? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Speaking in a language not known by the speaker. God's power restoring health apart from the use of natural methods. _____Miracles 4. what are two purposes of the gift of miracles? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Read the definitions in list two.
_____A person with the gift of tongues should keep quiet in the church if there is no interpreter present. h. g. If the statement is TRUE. c._____A person with the gift of tongues should not interpret his own message._____A person with the gift of tongues can not really control this gift. ((Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. f.5. e._____If a person has the gifts of healing.) 141 ._____Only a person with the gifts of healing should pray for the sick._____Speaking in tongues upon baptism in the Holy Spirit is the same thing as the gift of tongues._____It is more important to speak in a language understood by listeners in the church than to speak with the gift of tongues with no interpretation. b. a. If the statement is FALSE. write an F on the blank in front of it. everyone to whom he ministers will be healed. d. Read the statements below. write a T on the blank in front of it._____Several people can interpret the same message at the same time.
Expand this outline by listing other references which confirm the operation of the gifts in the ministry of Jesus Christ. 11:14 John 1:45-50 6:61 Matthew 24 Matthew 4:23. Mark 10:42-45 Luke 10:1-17 Luke 8:49-56 John 10:11 John 17:6-10 John 13:4-16. GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF JESUS -Miracles: -Healing: -Word Of Wisdom: -Word Of Knowledge: -Discerning of Spirits: -Prophecy/Prophet: -Teaching/Teacher: -Exhortation: -Mercy [compassion]: -Apostle: -Evangelist: -Pastor: -Leadership: -Administration: -Faith: -Giving: -Helps: -Serving: -Hospitality: Acts 2:22 Acts 10:38 I Corinthians 1:24. The following outline will assist you in this as it lists references confirming spiritual gifts evident in His ministry. 9:35. Luke. Mark. Mark 10:42-45 John 21:9-13 [Had no home yet had hospitality]. This was done to permit you to complete your study of each sign gift before going on to the next one. 4:18. -Tongues and Interpretation: These were the only two spiritual gifts not evident in the life of Jesus. 21:37 Luke 3:18 Matthew 20:30-34 Hebrews 3:1 John 10:16 John 10:11 John 13:15-16.22. There was no need for the gifts of tongues and interpretation to bring a message from God through Him to man. Mark 6:6. After you conclude this study read the books of Matthew. and John.FOR FURTHER STUDY Suggestions for further study for each of the four sign gifts were given as each gift was discussed. Luke 5:17. 142 . 14:49. A final suggestion is that you learn how all the gifts of the Holy Spirit were evident in the ministry of Jesus Christ. 13:10. These were not necessary because He was the Word of God Himself. 26:55.30 John 1:45-50.
Discover your own spiritual gift. THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCOVERY It is important to discover your spiritual gift in order to: ACCOMPLISH SPIRITUAL PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES: You will recall the purposes and objectives of gifts of the Holy Spirit given in Ephesians 4:12-15: Purposes: -Perfect the saints. KEY VERSE: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God. (II Timothy 1:6) INTRODUCTION In previous chapters you learned that each believer has at least one spiritual gift. -Edify Christ and the church. Explain how a believer can discover his spiritual gift. -Promote the work of the ministry. which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 143 .CHAPTER TEN DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C Explain why it is important for a believer to discover his spiritual gift. This chapter explains how to discover and begin to use your spiritual gift.
not deceived by false doctrines. It is important to discover your spiritual gift in order to avoid these abuses. CONDUCT SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The gifts of the Holy Spirit are also given to the church as weapons of spiritual warfare to fight the spiritual forces of Satan: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. -We will develop our knowledge of Christ. AVOID FRUSTRATION: Many new believers often plunge into ministry without knowing their spiritual gifts. For example. against powers. one person tried to imitate the gift of a great evangelist named Billy Graham.Objectives: -We will become united in the faith. 3. will be frustrated if you do not discover your own spiritual gift. AVOID ABUSES: In previous chapters you learned there are three ways spiritual gifts can be abused: 1. -We will develop in perfection. against spiritual wickedness in high places. but against principalities. 2. (Ephesians 6:12) It is important to discover and use your spiritual gift in order to effectively fight your spiritual enemy. with Christ as our model. If these purposes and objectives are to be accomplished in the church then it is necessary that each believer discover and use his spiritual gift. but you will not be accomplishing anything for the Kingdom of God. Attempting to use gifts not given to you. Not using those gifts given to you. He preached just like Rev. Satan. too. Graham but no one responded to his 144 . experiencing frustration and defeat as they try to work for the Lord. -We will mature spiritually in Christ. You. You may be busy in ministry. You will be ineffective if you try to serve in positions for which God has not given you a gift to minister. against the rulers of the darkness of this world. -We will become stable. Not using the gifts properly.
145 . ASSUME YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: It is important to discover your spiritual gift because you have a responsibility to "stir up" and use it.. When he began to use his own gift of teaching he saw great results in his ministry. His gift was teaching. If you are not born again in the spiritual world you cannot be given spiritual gifts: Repent. DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT The following guidelines will help you discover your spiritual gift or gifts: STEP ONE . Instead of criticism. he needs the help of someone who does have this gift in order for the church to operate more efficiently. (II Timothy 1:6) You must discover your spiritual gift in order to fulfill your responsibility to develop it. You will recognize that he has the gift of teaching but does not have the gift of administration. Discovering your spiritual gift will not only keep you from being frustrated with yourself. (Acts 2:38) STEP TWO . If you are never born in the natural world you will not have natural talents. which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.Receive The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit: Guidelines for how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit were given in Chapter Four of this manual.messages. you will understand if your pastor is a good teacher but a poor administrator. The Apostle Paul wrote Timothy: Neglect not the gift that is in thee.(I Timothy 4:14) Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God. Spiritual gifts come through the new birth just as natural talents come through natural physical birth. He was very frustrated in the ministry until he discovered that his spiritual gift was not the gift of evangelism.Be Born Again: You must be born again. it will also keep you from being frustrated with other Christians. and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.. For example. You must know your gift in order to set priorities which permit you to use it productively. and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
STEP SIX . You must have a "passion" or "burden" [great interest or desire] for a certain ministry in order to serve God effectively.Observe Models Of The Gifts: As you are considering what gifts you might have. proceed with the following steps. For example. and ways they are continuing to develop their gift. Question them as to how they knew they had the gift. Learning how others discovered their gifts and observing mature models of the gifts in action will help you identify your own gift. STEP SEVEN . (I Timothy 4:14) Note: As a result of Steps One through Six God may reveal your spiritual gift. STEP FIVE . but this verse implies we can also seek a gift which we do not now possess. seek] earnestly the best gifts.. you will not be able to recognize the one(s) God has given you. which was given thee by prophecy. talk with someone who has the gift of teaching. Do the same for the other gifts. 146 . with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.Laying On Of Hands: Have your spiritual leader lay hands on you and pray for God to reveal your spiritual gift: Neglect not the gift that is in thee. STEP FOUR . If this does not happen.STEP THREE . A "mature model" of a spiritual gift is a believer who has been effectively using a gift for an extended period of time. how they began to use it. (I Corinthians 12:31) We each have at least one gift.Know The Spiritual Gifts: If you do not know what spiritual gifts exist. Just as a gift you receive in the natural world brings joy.Analyze Your Spiritual Interests: The areas in which you find great joy in serving God are often those for which He has gifted you. The Bible tells us to seek spiritual gifts: But covet [desire.Seek A Spiritual Gift: Desire a gift and fast and pray for it. it is helpful to observe mature models of the various gifts. The lessons you studied in this course have equipped you to identify the various gifts available to believers.. so do spiritual gifts.
you will often feel a strong emotional stirring within). What areas of need cause a strong emotional stirring in you? ________________________________________________________________________ (When God calls you to meet a specific need. a person with the gift of administration can use it to organize and direct anything. if you feel a call to children and want to see them learn about God. The "For Further Study" section of this lesson will assist you in recognizing your spiritual calling). If he has no interest in a Christian school. 2. God always provides the necessary gifts to enable you to fulfill the call. etc. 3. 147 . he will not last long even though he has the gift of administration. What kind or group of people do you feel most attracted to? ________________________________________________________________________ (If you are called to a particular group of people... a drug rehabilitation center.For example." ________________________________________________________________________ (Such convictions are often God speaking to your spirit about an area in which He wants you to serve). I am certain God has definitely called me to a specific area of ministry. If you could not fail. For example. But he must have a burden or passion for the ministry where he uses his gift. a Christian school. 4. it will be easy to determine your spiritual gift.. you may have the gift of teaching). He could administer a church. your spiritual gift will relate to their need.. what would you desire to do for the Lord? ________________________________________________________________________ (God honors personal desires). ________________________________________________________________________ (If you know the specific area of ministry to which God has called you. Complete this sentence: "I have a growing restless conviction from within that I should get involved in. 5. It is. Answer the following questions to help determine your spiritual interest or burden: 1.
Analysis By A Christian Leader: Have a Christian leader analyze your spiritual abilities. In what areas of Christian service have you observed me to be effective? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. In which of these did you experience great joy in serving? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. what spiritual gifts do you believe I might have? ________________________________________________________________________ STEP NINE . What gifts bring you the most joy in thinking about them or using them? (For example. Ask the following questions and record the answers: 1. Based upon this observation of my effectiveness. In what areas of Christian service have you ministered in the past? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. In which of these were you effective? ________________________________________________________________________ 3.6. In which of these did your spiritual leader and/or others note your effectiveness? ________________________________________________________________________ 148 . do you enjoy teaching? Do you enjoy being hospitable and having people into your home? Are you often moved to give large sums of money to God's work?) ________________________________________________________________________ STEP EIGHT .Analyze Your Past Christian Service: Analyze your past ministry. Answer these questions: 1.
telephone counseling. STEP TWELVE .STEP TEN . community. STEP ELEVEN . Put an x by the gift(s) you believe you might have. newcomers to church.Identify Spiritual Needs: Analyze the spiritual needs of your neighborhood. Hospitality: Cooking meals and lodging for those in need or for visiting ministers. assembling. Ministry To Poor: Providing food.Identify Gifts You Think You Might Have: Identify the gifts you think you might have based on: 1. telephones. 5. Follow Up Ministry: To new converts. 4. 149 . reproducing materials. mailings. electrical. open air services. prisons. Evangelism: House-to-house. 3. What a key Christian leader has observed in your life. The knowledge of gifts you have obtained through study. members of church. home for aged. records. What God has revealed to you through prayer. Completion of the Spiritual Gifts Questionnaires. bereaved. and church. drawing [art]. hospital. hat you have analyzed in yourself. crusades. Christians. Maintenance Of Church Buildings: Landscaping. Office/administrative Support: Typing. Analysis of your effectiveness in areas of ministry in which you have previously served. Counseling: General counseling or to specific groups. evangelists. widows. evangelistic services. painting. Review this list of needs: Visitation: Sick.Complete The Spiritual Gift Questionnaires: The final part of this lesson contains two spiritual gift questionnaires. clothing. 2. carpentry. 6. shelter. filing. A list of the gifts is provided in "Step Thirteen" which follows. Your answers to these questions will help you identify spiritual gifts which you may have.
women. song leader. Church Offices: Elder. minority groups. What needs are not being met in your community? ________________________________________________________________________ 150 . poetry. Missionary/Church Planting: To unreached peoples in your region/nation. bookstore. blind. illiterate. Music: Choir. etc. men. Sunday school teacher. narcotic addicts. mentally ill. Christian Education: Sunday school. Literature: Christian library. Bible and Christian literature distribution. Jews. youth. school dropouts. Ministry To Special Groups: Deaf. tracts. Writing: Christian books. Religious Dramatic Productions. soloist. married couples. abused children. Multi-media: Audio and video tapes. migrant workers. aged. What needs are not being met in your neighborhood? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. cleaning. newsletters. usher. children. Translation: Bible and Christian literature. financial planning for ministries. instruments. homosexuals. satellite. training for laymen using Harvestime International Institute courses. answer these questions: 1. college. committees such as building. writing music. Writing or producing Christian dramas. gangs. radio. prisoners. unwed mothers. high school. Camps And Retreats. alcoholics. special music groups. home Bible studies. finance. vacation Bible school. military.plumbing. Now. runaways. news and magazine articles. families. deacon/deaconness. television. Financial: Fund raising. elementary. accounting. Christian preschool.
Use the form provided on the following page: Matching Spiritual Gifts With Needs I believe I have the spiritual gift(s) marked below: ___Apostle ___Prophet ___Evangelist ___Pastor ___Teacher ___Prophecy ___Teaching ___Exhortation ___Word of Wisdom ___Word of Knowledge ___Serving Needs This Gift Can Meet In My Neighborhood Community Church __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ 151 . To "apply" something means to use it effectively. Compare the list of spiritual needs you made in "Step Twelve" to the list of gifts you believe God has given you. then make a commitment to fill this need. What needs are not being met in your church? ________________________________________________________________________ STEP THIRTEEN .3. For example. Identify a spiritual need that corresponds with the gift you believe you have.Fill A Spiritual Need: The analysis you have completed will be of no benefit unless you apply it to your life and ministry. volunteer to meet this need. to actually do something with it. if there is a need for teachers in your church and you believe you have the gift of teaching.
You have discovered and are showing proper stewardship of your spiritual gift.. -When the feedback [comments you receive from your spiritual leaders] indicate you are effective in the position in which you are serving.Evaluate Your Ministry: After serving awhile in this area with your gift. If the ministry you are filling does not fit your spiritual capabilities and you are 152 . -When you are fruitful in the area in which you are serving.I believe I have the spiritual gift(s) marked below: ___Helps ___Leadership ___Administration ___Giving ___Showing Mercy ___Discerning of Spirits ___Faith ___Hospitality ___Tongues ___Interpretation ___Miracles ___Healings Needs This Gift Can Meet In My Neighborhood Community Church __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ STEP FOURTEEN .. This means you will see positive results of your ministry... -When you are fulfilled. evaluate your ministry. you may not be serving in an area for which you are gifted. If you are frustrated.you are enjoying your ministry.
This prevents you from wasting your life in ministry where you will not be effective.. you will quickly discover your giftedness. As you begin to serve. 153 .. review your list of possible gifts and ask God to show you another area in which to minister.Remember the man who thought he was an evangelist but later discovered he was a teacher! It is just as important to know what gifts you do not have as to discover the gift you do have. By combining prayer and these practical steps you will soon discover that special place of ministry God has for you.ineffective. Do not be discouraged.
SELF-TEST 1. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Write the Key Verse from memory. List five reasons why it is important to discover your spiritual gift. List fourteen steps that will help you discover your spiritual gift.) 154 .
You Will Receive A God-Given Plan: Burden. He felt so strongly about this that he had even murdered an Egyptian and that is why he was in the wilderness (Exodus 2:11-15). Your responsibility is to fulfill that call once it has been given. interest. The first principle of recognizing a call from God is to understand that God takes the initiative. God always provides the gifts necessary to enable you to fulfill your spiritual calling. concern. It is God's responsibility to clearly communicate His call to you. They were then to lead them through the wilderness to the land which God had promised them. but they rush off to try to fulfill this call without waiting for God to communicate His plan. interest. concern. Israel. wait until you receive His plan for fulfilling your ministry. You do not have to run around in frustration trying to find out what God wants you to do. you will feel a deep burden. Moses had a deep burden in his heart for his people.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. God will communicate a plan to enable you to fulfill your calling. and compassion in that area. How can you know if you are called? Study the following pattern demonstrated in the call of Moses: God Provides The Direction: Read Exodus 3:1-4. God gave Moses a plan. You Will Have A Burden: For years. In addition to providing direction and burden. He has the responsibility to communicate to you what He wants you to do. 155 . When you are called by God to a specific ministry. When God gives you a call and a burden. You do not have to take an opinion poll among your friends to see what they think you should do. Here is where many people fail. A true call from God is not something you decide to do on your own or that others think you should do. and compassion alone are not enough to fulfill the call of God. They receive a call and a burden from God. He and Aaron were to appear before Pharaoh and gain the release of the Israelites.
you can readily see the inadequacy Moses felt. _____I can identify the various spiritual gifts.certainly I will be with thee. (If you feel self-sufficient for a task.. that I should go unto Pharaoh..You Will Have A Sense Of Inadequacy: In Exodus 3:8. _____I have analyzed my spiritual interests. The following checklist will assist you in completing the practical steps for discovering your spiritual gift which were given in this chapter: _____I have been born again. For examples. _____I have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.. _____I have had my spiritual leaders lay hands on me and ask God to reveal my gift(s). 156 3. and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" When you receive a true call from God. _____I have analyzed my past Christian service. and you will be overwhelmed by the challenge. _____I have been analyzed by my spiritual leader. you will sense weakness.be careful. Study the lives of other Bible personalities and you will discover this same pattern in their call from God. saying . You will not feel qualified to do what He has called you to do. but who God is! 2. _____I have observed mature models of the gifts. It is not who you are that is important. You are in good company! Great men and women of God throughout the centuries have felt the same way. read about the call of Gideon in Judges 6 and the call of Jeremiah in Jeremiah l. It most likely is not a true call from God!) When God calls you." God is not looking for those who feel selfsufficient.”. _____I have sought a spiritual gift by fasting and prayer. He said "Who am I. and need. inadequacy. you will always feel inadequate. But those who fulfilled their calling despite their inadequacies believed God was adequate. God answered Moses in Exodus 3:12. Step One: Step Two: Step Three: Step Four: Step Five: Step Six: Step Seven: Step Eight: Step Nine: .
_____I have identified the spiritual gifts I believe I might have. _____I have identified spiritual needs in my home. You complete each questionnaire in the same way by marking either a YES or NO answer to each question. Do you believe that God is calling you to a place of leadership? 157 . and teacher. pastor. _____I have matched my gift to a need and begun to fill it. _____I have evaluated my ministry in this area and found it to be effective. The other is for the remaining Spiritual Gifts. community. Here Is An Example: YES (x) NO ( ) 1. prophet. and church. One is for the Special Gifts of apostle. SPIRITUAL GIFT QUESTIONNAIRES Step Thirteen: Step Fourteen: There are two different questionnaires.Step Ten: Step Eleven: Step Twelve: _____I have completed the spiritual gift questionnaires. evangelist.
prophet. 9. 19. 13. 6. it cannot be considered conclusive. You must carefully evaluate the inward call of God. 5. 7. and teacher) is designed to help you to evaluate whether your desires and patterns of life are manifesting the qualifications and characteristics of these gifted people. 18. 16. 10. the continual and effective use of the gift. 17. 11.SPECIAL GIFTS SPECIAL GIFTS QUESTIONNAIRE: This particular test on "Special Gifts" (apostle. 14. 3. While this test may be helpful. do you desire to be involved in correcting them? Is witnessing to unbelievers easy for you? Do you enjoy relationships with people with whom you are not well acquainted? Would other people who know you well describe you as a patient and kind person? Have you ever started a ministry for the Lord and watched it grow to the point that others were trained to do what you were doing? Do you frequently sense a spirit of boldness in wanting to speak God's Word to people and situations where it is needed? Do you witness more out of a desire than out of responsibility and duty? 158 ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) . YES ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) NO ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) 1. 12. 4. 15. Do you believe God is calling you to a place of leadership? Have you ever desired to be a missionary? Do you believe God has given you the ability to be a public speaker? Do you have a great desire to witness to un believers? Do you enjoy spending time in Bible study? Have you had a continual desire to be in the full-time ministry of the Word of God? Do you enjoy moving from place to place frequently? Do you feel capable of speaking in front of large audiences? Do you enjoy sharing the Gospel with unbelievers more than teaching and training Christians? Would you rather work in a local church than move to another place with new opportunities? Do you believe your marriage and family background would be an example for others to follow? Do you feel gifted in terms of developing leaders for the church? When you see conditions and situations that are not right. evangelist. 8. and the confirmation of that gift by other members of the body of Christ. 2. pastor.
and questions. 25. Do you like working with people. 38. 29. ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 26. 36. burdens.YES ( ) NO ( ) 20. ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 32. 31. 24. 30. 35. 159 . 39. 33. more than letting others take this responsibility? Would you describe yourself as a well-disciplined person? Would you find it easy to go and live in another country or culture? Have other believers commented that when you speak God's Word to people they feel convicted? Has anyone ever shared with you that you seem to be gifted in evangelism? Would you enjoy having a regular teaching ministry that would involve believers at all levels of maturity? Would you describe yourself as a person of hospitality. dealing with their personal problems. 22. who enjoys having people in your home? Do you find it relatively easy to endure hardship in the midst of difficult and changing circumstances? Do you find yourself being aggressive in sharing God's Word with people in need rather than waiting to be asked? Do you find a greater interest and concern in reaching the unsaved for Christ than in teaching and training believers? Do you feel a burden to train believers in how to use their spiritual gifts and minister effectively for the Lord? Are you a person who is able to live with financial pressure and limited income without emotional stress and a desire to make more money? Are you presently free from family and financial responsibilities that might keep you from moving to another country or culture? Are you more inclined toward public speaking than private conversation? Do you find yourself actively seeking opportunities to witness for Christ? Are you comfortable spending long hours in research and study of the Bible? Have you been a Christian for more than three years? Do you believe you are capable of winning people to Christ and training them to become pastors? Have you had experience in preaching God's Word to groups who were gathered together to hear you speak? Do you begin each day with an anticipation and desire to share the Gospel with an unbeliever? ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 21. 23. 34. 37. 28. 27.
44. so he marks the boxes by these numbers on the answer sheet: GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS (Applies to all four PROPHET gifted persons) (Preacher) (x ) #1 (x ) #6 ( ) #11 ( ) #3 ( ) #8 (x ) #13 160 . 6. desiring to speak out against that which is wrong? Do you have frequent conversations with unbelievers about the Person and work of Jesus Christ? Do you believe God has given you the ability to work with people and their problems in a positive and loving manner? Are you convinced that other believers would say you are a gifted leader for the church? Is it easy for you to turn over responsibilities to others who demonstrate leadership abilities? Would others describe you as an effective public speaker? Would you say that you have such a burden for unbelievers to be saved that it often controls what you do and say? Would you enjoy having the responsibility of caring for all the spiritual needs of a group of people? ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 48. 47. Has anyone ever told you that you would make a good pastor or teacher? Have you had the responsibility of managing a family or a business that other people would say has been successful? Do you find it easy to meet strangers and get acquainted with them quickly? Do you frequently become concerned about moral issues in various situations. 50. 43. 42. make a mark in the box by that question number. SPECIAL GIFTS SCORING SHEET: When you have finished the questionnaire. DO NOT MAKE ANY MARKS FOR NO ANSWERS. Make a mark for only those questions which you answered with a YES answer. 46. and 13. Here Is An Example: This person marked YES to questions 1. 45.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 40. For each question which you marked YES on the questionnaire. 41. 49. complete the next page.
161 .He answered questions 11. (The marked boxes are all of your YES answers to questions). For each gift. and 8 with NO. record your own scores: GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS (Applies to all four gifted persons) ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #1 #6 #11 #16 #21 #26 #31 #36 #41 #46 PROPHET (Preacher) ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #3 #8 #13 #18 #23 #28 #33 #38 #43 #48 PASTOR TEACHER ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #5 #10 #15 #20 #25 #30 #35 #40 #45 #50 APOSTLE (Missionary) ( ) #2 ( ) #7 ( ) #12 ( ) #17 ( ) #22 ( ) #27 ( ) #32 ( ) #37 ( ) #42 ( ) #47 EVANGELIST ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #4 #9 #14 #19 #24 #29 #34 #39 #44 #49 SPECIAL GIFTS PROFILE: Using the scoring sheet on the previous page. Make a line on the PROFILE at the appropriate number. so he does not make any marks by these numbers on the answer sheet. count the number of boxes you have marked under it. Now. complete the special gifts profile on the following page. 3.
use your scoring sheet to complete your own special gifts profile: 162 .Here Is An Example: Here is how the person’s score sheet was marked: G E N E RA L Q U A LIF IC A T IO N S ( ) #1 (X ) #6 ( ) #11 ( ) #16 (X) #21 (X) #26 (X) #31 ( ) #36 ( ) #41 ( ) #46 APOST L E ( ) #2 (X) #7 (X) #12 ( ) #17 (X) #22 ( ) #27 (X) #32 (X) #37 ( ) #42 ( ) #47 PR O PH ET (Preac her) ( ) #3 ( ) #8 ( ) #13 (X) #18 ( ) #23 ( ) #28 (X) #33 ( ) #38 (X) #43 (X) #48 EV A N G ELIST (X) #4 (X) #9 (X) #14 (X) #19 (X) #24 ( ) #29 (X) #34 (X) #39 (X) #44 (X) #49 PASTOR TEACHER (X) #5 ( ) #10 ( ) #15 (X) #20 ( ) #25 ( ) #30 ( ) #35 ( ) #40 ( ) #45 ( ) #50 Here is how they used their answers to complete the graph: G en era l Apostle Pr op he t Ev an ge list º º º º 1 º º º º º º º º º º º º 3 º º º º 4 º º º 5 º 6 º º 7 º 8 º 9 10 Pas tor/Teac her º º 2 Now.
163 .SPECIAL GIFTS PROFILE ________________________________________________________________________ General ________________________________________________________________________ Apostle ________________________________________________________________________ Prophet ________________________________________________________________________ Evangelist ________________________________________________________________________ Pastor/Teacher ________________________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The long bars are your highest scores. The short bars are your lowest scores.
16. 3. 6. do you immediately offer your services? Would you rather give money to help than perform some manual task? Do you enjoy visiting people who are sick or disabled? Is your home the kind that most people feel comfortable in and will often drop by to visit with you unannounced? Do you find that you have the ability to believe things that other believers cannot seem to accept? Have other believers told you that you seem to always know whether something is right or wrong? When situations are not right.SPIRITUAL GIFTS SPIRITUAL GIFTS QUESTIONNAIRE: YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 1. do you feel a burden to speak up in order to correct them? Do you like to prove and answer issues and questions? Have you found that people often ask you for advice about their personal problems? Do you find that you often know immediately what to do in a situation where others do not know what should be done? Do you find that people often come to you with difficult problems and questions from the Bible. 18. 4. 20. 12. 2. 11. 13. 10. 9. 19. 8. 14. 7. 17. 15. seeking your understanding? Do you find yourself setting goals and objectives for yourself and your ministry as a believer? 164 . 5. Would you describe yourself as an effective public speaker? Do you find it easy and enjoyable to spend time in intense study and research of the Bible? Do you enjoy sharing the personal and emotional problems of people? Do you find yourself more concerned with how to apply God's Word than in simply trying to understand its message? Have you sensed that God has given you a special ability to learn and acquire knowledge concerning His Word? Do you enjoy motivating others to various tasks and ministries? Would other people describe you as a person who makes decisions easily? Do you seem to concentrate more on practical things that need to be done rather than on why they should be done? When you hear of someone who needs help.
do you feel concern to help him become more effective in what he is doing? Do you sense a moral responsibility when giving direction and guidance. do you feel the burden to believe God for it? Do you seem to have an understanding of people even though you do not know them well? Do you have a tendency to speak up when issues are being dealt with in a group. 28. 27. 31. 30. 38. always thinking of how this will affect others? Do you have more satisfaction in doing a task than in what others thought of what you did? Do you see yourself more in a supportive ministry to others than in a place of leadership? Do you find yourself looking for opportunities to give your money without hearing appeals? Do you find it easy to express joy in the presence of those who are suffering physically? Do you love to entertain people in your home regardless of how well you know them? 165 . 40. Do you sense a great deal of responsibility to make decisions in behalf of others? Do you usually have a great deal of joy in doing things that need to be done no matter how small the task? Do you sense a special ministry to help others to become more effective in their work? When you hear of someone in need. 29. 32.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 21. 33. 24. are you anxious to both find and give an answer? Would you rather talk personally with someone about their problems rather than send them to someone else for help? Do people often seek your advice in difficult situations as to what you would do? In your study of God's Word have you observed that new insights and understanding of difficult subjects seem to come easy to you? When someone is not doing a job well. 36. rather than remain silent and listen? When you hear a question or problem. 25. does it challenge you to bring them some encouragement and cheer? Do you feel something is really missing in your life when you cannot have guests into your home? When people say something cannot be done or is impossible. 34. 35. 37. do you immediately think of sending them some money? When you hear of someone in the hospital. 39. 23. 22. 26.
Do you usually feel opposed to anyone who says that something cannot be done or accomplished? Do you sense often that what is being said is produced by the Devil rather than God. 56. 45. 49. 52. and has your judgment proven to be correct? Have you sensed that people feel conviction about wrong practices or doctrinal error when you share with them what the Bible says? Have people often said that you have an ability to explain difficult problems to them? Do you get joy out of encouraging people who are going through personal problems and trials? Do you find that people usually ask what you think about a situation with the belief that you will always know what to do? Have you noticed that you have the ability to understand difficult teachings of God's Word without a lot of research and study? Would you rather show someone else how to do a task than do it yourself? Do you enjoy giving direction to others and making decisions for them? Is it true that when you are asked to do a particular task you usually feel no pressure or obligation? Do you feel a special burden to relieve others of their duties in order to free them to do more important work? Do you find yourself responding immediately to financial needs by giving your money without a great deal of planning to do so? Is it easy for you to talk with those who are suffering physically? Do you consider your home as a real place of ministry to others? Have you discovered that you do not have to wait for clear evidence and direction before you make decisions? Do you find that you often evaluate people and the things they say as to whether it is right or wrong? When you speak God's Word do you usually think of how this is going to challenge and motivate those to whom you are speaking? Have people expressed to you how much they appreciate the way you explain things from the Bible? Do you find it easy to deal with people who are depressed or discouraged. 42. 59. 50.YES ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 41. 43. 44. 57. 46. 47. 53. 51. 55. 58. 48. experiencing joy in what can be accomplished? Have other believers referred to decisions you have made or advice you have given as being the right thing to do and the best for everyone? 166 . 54. 60.
62. 73. . are you anxious to do it yourself? Are you satisfied more with how a person has been helped by what you did. do you emphasize more "how" it should be done. rather than "why" it should be done? Have other believers frequently said that you have an ability to know and understand things of God's Word? Do you have a special concern for helping people reach their goals and objectives? Do people seem to depend upon you to make the major decisions for the group or the organization? When you hear of a specific job that needs to be done. 68. 67. 64. 74. 78. 66. 76.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 61. do you usually avoid letting others know what you did? 167 ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 71. Do you seem to understand things about God's Word that other believers with the same background don’t seem to know? Do you have a special concern to train and disciple other believers to become leaders? Do you find yourself constantly thinking of decisions that need to be made to provide direction to a group or organization? Would you rather do a job yourself than work with a group in trying to accomplish it? Do you believe that you would help almost anyone who had a need. 72. 80. than by simply doing it? When you give money. 63. 70. 65. 79. 75. 77. if it was possible for you to do so? Do you sense a great deal of joy in giving. seeking answers to specific questions or problems? Do you sense a great deal of love and compassion for people having personal and emotional problems? When you give your advice to someone. 69. regardless of the response of the one to whom you gave? Do you often think of ways to help those who are suffering physically? Would you like to have a regular ministry of entertaining people in your home regardless of who they are? Can you believe for something when everyone else around you is disbelieving? Do you feel a great responsibility toward God when you sense something is not right even if other believers do not seem to understand? Have other believers shared with you that you have the ability to share God's Word with great effectiveness? Do people come to you often.
even through you are studying it at the same time? Do you usually take the leadership in a group where none exists? Do you usually feel morally responsible for the long-range effects of your decisions? Would you rather do a particular job than spend time talking with people about their problems and needs? When someone asks for your help. 85. 96. 100.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 81. 101. Would you enjoy a regular ministry to those who are suffering physically? Do you look at having people into your home as an exciting ministry more than an obligation? Have other believers often shared with you that you seem to have the ability to trust God in difficult situations? Have people often asked your opinion of someone or something that has been said as to whether you thought it was right or wrong? Do you believe you are gifted in communicating to others? Would you rather explain the meaning of a word than simply quote a verse to someone? Do you usually desire to hear others share their personal problems rather than share yours with someone else? Do other believers seem to follow your advice in difficult situations? Have you found in studying God's Word that you seem to know what a passage is saying before other believers discover it. 94. 87. 97. 102." are you anxious to try to help them? Have the decisions and advice you have given in difficult situations proven to be right in most cases? 168 ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 90. 84. 91. 82. do you find that you do not expect any appreciation in return? Do you feel compassion upon those who are suffering physically that makes you want to help them in some way? Do you find you can easily have people into your home without being overly concerned about how it looks? Do you feel a burden to encourage people to trust God when you see them defeated and discouraged? Have you felt a special responsibility to protect the truth of God's Word by exposing that which is wrong and sinful? Would you rather speak God's Word to others without much explanation than take the time to explain every detail? Do you usually organize your thoughts in a systematic way? When you hear of some believer who has "sinned" or fallen away. . 88. 99. 89. 95. 98. do you have great difficulty in saying "no" to that person? When you give money to someone. 92. 93. 86. 83.
106. goals. 110. Have other believers often referred to your ability to have people in your home and to the way God has used you in this? Have you seen God do mighty things in your life that others said could not be done but which you believed He would do? Do you feel you are helping other believers when you discern something is wrong. 111. 112. rather than frustration and difficulty? Have you had experience in making decisions in behalf of a group or organization that would affect everyone? Do you enjoy doing things that need to be done without being asked to do them? Do you look for opportunities to help other people? Do you see the giving of money as a great spiritual ministry which you believe God has given you? Do you find that visiting those who are suffering physically brings you joy rather than depressing you. 120.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 103. and desires without too much study and planning? Do you enjoy being the one with the overall responsibility for the direction and success of a group or organization? Do you find that it is not necessary for you to have a "job description" when you are asked to do a particular task? Have people often expressed that you have helped them by doing a particular job. relieving them of that responsibility so they could do something else? ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 114. 169 . Do you have a great desire to share with other believers the meaning of a difficult Bible passage? Do you sense a great deal of joy in a leadership position. 107. 116. 109. and have they readily accepted your evaluation? When an opportunity is given you to speak to other believers. 119. 113. 115. have you sensed a responsibility to speak to them about what it means? Do you seem to know how to meet people's needs. do you find you would rather share Bible verses than your personal experiences? Have other believers told you that you should have a regular teaching ministry and have you felt the same? Do you enjoy a person-to-person ministry more than ministering to a group? Have you sensed a special ability to know what to do when dealing with difficult problems and situations? When you see other believers confused and lacking understanding about some difficult teaching of the Bible. 121. ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 118. 104. 117. 105. 108.
Are you really excited when someone asks you to help financially in some worthwhile project. 124. SPIRITUAL GIFTS SCORING SHEET: When you have finished the questionnaire. make a mark in the box by that question number. PROPHECY ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #1 #15 #29 #43 #57 #71 #85 #99 #113 WORD OF WISDOM ( ) #4 ( ) #18 ( ) #32 ( ) #46 ( ) #60 ( ) #74 ( ) #88 ( ) #102 ( ) #116 ADMINISTRATION ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #7 #21 #35 #49 #63 #77 #91 #105 #119 SERVING ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #8 #22 #36 #50 #64 #78 #92 #106 #120 GIVING ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #10 #24 #38 #52 #66 #80 #94 #108 #122 FAITH ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #13 #27 #41 #55 #69 #83 #97 #111 #125 TEACHING ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #2 #16 #30 #44 #58 #72 #86 #100 #114 WORD OF KNOWLEDGE ( ) #5 ( ) #19 ( ) #33 ( ) #47 ( ) #61 ( ) #75 ( ) #89 ( ) #103 ( ) #117 SHOWING MERCY ( ) #11 ( ) #25 ( ) #39 ( ) #53 ( ) #67 ( ) #81 ( ) #95 ( ) #109 ( ) #123 DISCERNMENT ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) #14 #28 #42 #56 #70 #84 #98 #112 #126 170 . for each question marked YES on the questionnaire.YES ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) NO ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 122. Do not make any marks for no answers. seeing this as a great honor and privilege? Are you willing and eager to spend time. 123. 125. money. As you did on the Special Gifts Scoring Sheet. complete the next page. and resources in order to help those who are suffering physically? Do you find great joy in having people into your home rather than sensing that it is a responsibility that entails too much work? Have you discovered an effective prayer ministry in your life with many wonderful answers to prayer that from a human point of view seem impossible or unlikely? Have you often evaluated someone or something that was said that others did not see but which proved to be correct? ( ) ( ) 126.
complete the PROFILE by filling in the lines to make a graph. count the number of boxes you have marked under it.EXHORTATION ( ) #3 ( ) #17 ( ) #31 ( ) #45 ( ) #59 ( ) #73 ( ) #87 ( ) #101 ( ) #115 LEADERSHIP ( ) #6 ( ) #20 ( ) #34 ( ) #48 ( ) #62 ( ) #76 ( ) #90 ( ) #104 ( ) #118 HELPS ( ) #9 ( ) #23 ( ) #37 ( ) #51 ( ) #65 ( ) #79 ( ) #93 ( ) #107 ( ) #121 HOSPITALITY ( ) #12 ( ) #26 ( ) #40 ( ) #54 ( ) #68 ( ) #82 ( ) #96 ( ) #110 ( ) #124 SPIRITUAL GIFTS PROFILE: Using the scoring sheet on the previous page. 171 . Make a line on the PROFILE at the appropriate number. For each gift. just as you did on the Special Gifts Profile. (The marked boxes are all of your YES answers to questions). complete the special gifts profile on the following page. After you have counted the boxes marked under each gift heading and marked it on the PROFILE.
Prophecy Teaching Exhortation W ord of W isdom W ord of Know ledge Le ad ersh ip Adm inistration Serving Helps Giving Show ing Mercy H os pita lity Fa ith Discernment 1 The long bars are yo ur h igh est sco res. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 172 . Th e sho rt bars are your lowe st scores. Th e sig n g ifts are no t inc lud ed in this que stionna ire because if you have these gifts you will know by the "signs" the m selv es.
The following chart illustrates differences between spiritual gifts and fruit: 173 . The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for power. longsuffering. gentleness. Distinguish between peace of God and peace with God. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for character in the life of a believer. Identify a Scripture reference which reveals we are chosen to bear fruit. temperance: against such there is no law. In a final chapter you will learn how to develop spiritual fruit. It is spiritual qualities which should be evident in the lives of all Christians. goodness faith. WHAT IS THE FRUIT? The fruit of the Holy Spirit refers to the nature of the Spirit revealed in the life of the believer. peace. Identify the inner fruit of the Holy Spirit. KEY VERSES: But the fruit of the Spirit is love.CHAPTER ELEVEN THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C C C C C Identify the outer fruit of the Holy Spirit. Define the various inner fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) INTRODUCTION This chapter discusses the fruit of the Holy Spirit. joy. Meekness. Explain the importance of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the next chapter you will learn of contrasting qualities called the works of the flesh.
(Genesis 1:28) In the natural world. it is a product which is the result of the process of life. Like fruit in the natural world. (Genesis 8:22) 174 . Just as fruit takes time to develop in the natural world. It is the product of natural growth in the life of the Spirit. Be fruitful... OUTER FRUIT: EVANGELISM NATURAL REPRODUCTION: When Adam and Eve were created by God. seedtime and harvest. and cold and heat. TWO KINDS OF FRUIT The Bible speaks of two kinds of spiritual fruit: 1. God set a cycle of continuous reproduction: While the earth remaineth. The fruit of Godly spiritual qualities. the first command He gave them was to be "fruitful" and multiply in the natural world: And God blessed them. The fruit of evangelism. Spiritual fruit is Christian character in both personal and social conduct and is a product of the Holy Spirit at work in your life and your response to this work. He also develops the inner fruit of Christ-like spiritual qualities in their lives. and day and night shall not cease. The Holy Spirit helps believers bear outer fruit by making them a powerful witness of the Gospel message. spiritual fruit takes time to develop. and summer and winter. 2. and replenish the earth and subdue it. and God said unto them. and multiply.Gifts -For ministry to the body -No believer has all -For power Fruit -For maturity of the individual -Each believer should have all -For character Spiritual fruit is evidence of spiritual maturity.
He wanted them to bear spiritual fruit by revealing the true God to the heathen nations around them. and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. Adam and Eve were to reproduce both spiritually and physically. and ordained you. the Gospel of the Kingdom was extended to the Gentile nations. (John 15:16) 175 . that ye should go and bring forth fruit.SPIRITUAL REPRODUCTION: From the beginning of the world. (Matthew 21:43) Because of Israel's refusal to bear fruit. From the Gentiles God raised up the church to fulfill His plan of spiritual reproduction throughout the world.. Finally. and didst cause it to take deep root.. (Hosea 10:1) Because of their spiritual unfruitfulness. and it filled the land. When God raised up the nation of Israel as a people through whom He could demonstrate His power and plan for the world. God called His people to spiritual reproduction as well as natural. CHOSEN TO BEAR FRUIT: As believers. Israel became like the heathen. The hills were covered with the shadow of it. The kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Jesus has chosen us to bear fruit through evangelism of the world: Ye have not chosen me. Instead. Jesus said: Therefore say I unto you. (Psalms 80:8-10) The "vine" which God brought out of Egypt was the nation of Israel. God said of Israel: Israel is an empty vine. God's original plan was that they were to fill the earth with people created in the image of God who walked in fellowship with God. and planted it. Thou preparedest room before it. and that your fruit should remain.. They began to worship idols and wanted a visible human king to reign over them instead of the invisible King of Kings. but I have chosen you. He called them to be spiritually reproductive: Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen..
(Because of the importance of the outer fruit of evangelism. and in Samaria. and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (John 4:35-36) Solomon said: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. (Mark 16:15) He challenged His disciples with a great vision of spiritual harvest: Say not ye. And he that reapeth receiveth wages. Harvestime International Institute offers separate courses on this subject. and in all Judaea." and "Leaven-Like Evangelism"). Each believer is to teach the Gospel to people who also reproduce by teaching others. so is the cycle of spiritual harvest. and he that winneth souls is wise. who shall be able to teach others also. 176 . Just as the natural cycle of seedtime and harvest is unending. and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. and then cometh harvest? behold.His last command to His followers was one of spiritual reproduction: Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Write for information on "Strategies For Spiritual Harvest. There are yet four months. I say unto you. He established a cycle of reproduction in the spiritual world. the same commit thou to faithful men. and look on the fields. Lift up your eyes." "Methodologies of Multiplication. (Acts 1:8) The method of spiritual reproduction is given in II Timothy 2:2: And the thing that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses. (II Timothy 2:2) Just as God established a cycle of harvest in the natural world. (Proverbs 11:30) The power of the Holy Spirit enables believers to be spiritually fruitful through evangelism: But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. for they are white already to harvest.
gentleness. It is not plural [fruits]. Meekness. joy. The word "fruit" is singular. This one fruit is spiritual maturity which is revealed in many Christ-like qualities. This is why we call them Christ-like qualities. This cluster of several grapes is called the "fruit" [singular] of the vine. longsuffering.INNER FRUIT: CHRIST-LIKENESS In addition to the outer fruit of evangelism the Bible speaks of positive spiritual qualities produced in the life of a believer by the Holy Spirit. Remember that spiritual gifts are many and are divided among believers according to the will of the Holy Spirit. peace. Unlike gifts which are plural [many] and are divided among believers. In the spiritual world the fruit of the Holy Spirit is similar to a cluster of grapes. It is separate spiritual qualities joined together in one cluster or fruit. but it is one cluster. Fruit is singular. goodness faith. fruit [singular] is to be possessed by every believer. In the natural world when grapes are picked from the vine they are picked in a cluster. One Fruit ___________ Many Qualities________ 4 4 Spiritual Maturity Meekness-Temperance Love-Joy-Peace Kindness-Goodness Longsuffering Faithfulness God wants all believers to have the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love. We call this fruit the inner fruit of Christ-likeness. temperance: against such there is no law. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is found in every act of goodness. and truth done by believers: 177 . A cluster of grapes has several individual grapes on it. It can be understood by the natural example of grapes. They are qualities that are like the spiritual qualities which were evident in the life of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 5:22-23) These are inner qualities the Holy Spirit wants to develop in the life of the believer. righteousness.
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. but is serene and stable. gracious. As you learned in your study of spiritual gifts. It is also the quality from which all spiritual fruit develops. is patient. Love is humble and gentle. is not selfish or self-centered. thoughtful. Love is not easily provoked. (Ephesians 5:9) The following are the fruit of the Holy Spirit: LOVE Love is an emotion of deep affection. and concern. perseveres. care. Galatians 5:22-23 Love Joy Peace Longsuffering Kind [Gentleness] Goodness Faithfulness Meekness Temperance 178 . does not vaunt itself. Love is disciplined and controlled. It is an unconditional giving of self to others regardless of their condition or circumstances. love is the key to operation of all spiritual gifts. does not behave itself unbecomingly. Love thinks no evil. and concerned. This is revealed when you compare the passage on the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians to the "love passage" in I Corinthians 13: I Corinthians 13:1-7 Does not seek her own. it envies not. but has faith in God and others. and generous. Love is merciful. Love is great. Love does not rejoice in iniquity but rather rejoices in the truth. Love suffers long. it is kind and good.
. Luke 10:27).Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. and with all thy mind. and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Galatians 5:6) The spiritual fruit of love is not love as it is often depicted by the world.” This means it is a holy love. And if ye do good to them which do good to you.. But I say unto you. works by love: . and do good. what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. Unfeigned love is the type of love you are to show to others: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren. II John 1:5-6. You are to love your enemies: But I say unto you which hear. do good to them which hate you. (Matthew 5:43-44) You are to love your neighbors as much as you love yourself: . and persecute you.15. bless them that curse you. which is both a gift and fruit of the Spirit. and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Mark 12:30) (See also I John 2:5. do good to them that hate you..but faith which worketh by love... (Matthew 19:19) 179 . But love ye your enemies. 4:7-20.32. It is a love that is "unfeigned. 5:2. (I Peter 1:22) You are to love God: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. and hate thine enemy.Faith. 3:11-17. Thou shalt love thy neighbor. and with all thy soul. and with all thy strength: this if the first commandment.. Love your enemies. Deuteronomy 6:5. see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. Bless them that curse you.35) Ye have heard that it hath been said. Love your enemies... (Luke 6:27...
being rooted and grounded in love. and toward all men. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light. 17:26. That ye love one another.12) And I have declared unto them thy name. That ye love one another as I have loved you.. and there is none occasion of stumbling in him...31. Study it further in John 13:34.21. 14:15. This is my commandment. 21:15-17). and I in them. (I John 2:9-10) (This is a very important truth. Your love is to abound [to increase]: And this I pray. that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them. (Philippians 1:9) And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another.Jesus wants you to love others as much as He loved you: A new commandment I give unto you. 15:9-19. so have I loved you: continue ye in my love..(I Thessalonians 3:12) You are to be rooted and grounded in love: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. as I have loved you. if ye have love one to another. that ye. that ye also love one another. is in darkness even until now. and hateth his brother. (John 17:26) It is by our love for one another that we will be recognized as Christians: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples. (John 15:9. 180 . (John 13:34) As the Father hath loved me. that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. (John 13:35) If you do not love other believers God's love is not in you: He that saith he is in the light. and will declare it.23.
(Hebrews 6:10) As we near the end of time here on earth. nor angels. the love of many will not endure. nor things present. or nakedness.. the love of many shall wax cold. patience. which ye have shewed toward His name. or sword?.. (Ephesians 4:2) You are to keep yourself in love: Keep yourselves in the love of God. For I am persuaded... forbearing one another in love. nor principalities... nor life. It will "wax cold. (Ephesians 3:17-19) You are to "forbear" or relate to others in love: With all lowliness and meekness. or famine.May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth. And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. and do minister. in that ye have ministered to the saints. that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. with longsuffering. nor things to come.” This means people will become uncaring: And because iniquity shall abound. (Matthew 24:12) But we are given the assurance that nothing can separate us from God's love: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation. or peril. (I Timothy 6:11) Your work for the Lord is to be a labor of love: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labour of love. (I Thessalonians 1:3) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love. (Jude 21) . and depth and height. meekness. or distress. love..follow after righteousness. godliness. faith. that neither death. or persecution. 181 . and length. nor powers..
116:1. 119. The spiritual fruit of joy and the emotion of happiness are not the same. (Acts 13:52) The believer's source of joy is not worldly things but God: . 97:10. 159. shall be able to separate us from the love of God. 167. that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. is fullness of joy. (Romans 8:35. and with the Holy Ghost. 119:97.Nor height. 122:6. 145:20.in thy presence. which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.38-39) David wrote much about love. (Psalms 16:11) 182 . Fear not: for. and these things I speak in the world. (John 15:11) And now come I to thee. Each springs from a different source.. Happiness comes from the world around you and is dependent upon your circumstances. nor depth. (Luke 2:10-11) It is God's desire that you have joy: These things have I spoken unto you. and that your joy might be full. delight. 132. 40:16. (John 17:13) The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost: And the disciples were filled with joy. which shall be to all people. that my joy might remain in you. at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 163. behold. 127. Joy originates with the Spirit of God and is not dependent upon outward circumstances. which is Christ the Lord. 18:1. Study the book of I John. 105. nor any other creature. JOY Joy is a quality of gladness. and jubilance. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.. Jesus Christ brought joy at His birth: And the angel said unto them. 113. One of the major themes of this book is love. I bring you good tidings of great joy. See Psalms 31:23.
. and harmony. (Psalms 5:11) (See also Psalms 35:9.. but of peace. PEACE Peace is a condition of quiet.6. (Romans 14:17) The Bible encourages believers to be joyful and express this joy unto the Lord: But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy. (Colossians 1:11) Joy is part of the Kingdom of God: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink. and concern. Maintaining peace for powerful action on the part of the peacemaker. (I Corinthians 14:33) Jesus brought peace to earth: Glory to God in the highest. count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.. and joy in the Holy Ghost.Because your joy is spiritual and not dependent on outward circumstances you can rejoice in temptation: My brethren. calm. 98:4. 66:1. anxiety.longsuffering with joyfulness... It is the absence of strife. and on earth peace..I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.. Confusion is the opposite of peace. and peace. 63:5. good will toward men. but righteousness. 100:1). (James 1:2) You can also rejoice in tribulation [difficult times]: . God does not cause confusion. (II Corinthians 7:4) You can be longsuffering with joy: . tranquility. It is not just passivity. (Luke 2:14) 183 . as in all churches of the saints. His desire is to bring peace: For God is not the author of confusion.. 81:1. 149:5.. 95:1-2.8.
(Romans 14:19) We are to live in peace: 184 . not as the world giveth give I unto you. and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. neither let it be afraid.preaching peace by Jesus Christ. The first is peace with God: Therefore being justified by faith. (John 16:33) The Gospel is a message of peace: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. you can have the peace of God in your life: And the peace of God which passeth all understanding... we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. and things wherewith one may edify another.. who hath made both one. (Philippians 4:7) We are told to follow after things which result in peace: Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace. (Romans 5:1) After you have made peace with God.All true peace comes through Jesus Christ: ..(Acts 10:36) For He is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14) Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let not your heart be troubled.. shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Romans 5:1) Jesus left His followers with a special peace: Peace I leave with you. my peace I give unto you.. (Ephesians 6:15) There are two types of peace. (John 14:27) The teachings of Jesus brought peace: These things have I spoken to you that in me ye might have peace.
It is the ability to cheerfully bear an unbearable situation and patiently endure.. as some men count slackness. (II Peter 3:14) LONGSUFFERING Longsuffering is the quality of patience. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.. (Hebrews 12:14) We are to keep the unity of the Spirit through peace: Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.. (Ephesians 4:3) The peace of God is to rule in our hearts: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts..be perfect. Longsuffering is a quality of God: . merciful and gracious.. and the God of love and peace shall be with you.. be of one mind.that ye may be found of Him in peace.. and gracious. (Exodus 34:6) The Lord is longsuffering.. be of good comfort. not willing that any should perish. to the which also ye are called in one body. (II Peter 3:15) Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and 185 . and of great mercy. and plenteous in mercy and truth.. longsuffering. but is longsuffering to us-ward. longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth. (II Corinthians 13:11) We are to live peaceably with all men: Follow peace with all men. art a God full of compassion. live in peace..The Lord God. but that all should come to repentance. O Lord.... (Colossians 3:15) We are to be found in peace at all times: . (Numbers 14:18) But thou. (Psalms 86:15) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise... forgiving iniquity and transgression...
. forbearing one another in love.. charity. The Bible warns believers not to strive but to be gentle to all men: And the servant of the Lord must not strive.(II Timothy 2:24) We are not to be brawlers. or loud. patience. unto all patience. reprove. humbleness of mind. manner of life. shewing all meekness unto all men. That means we are to be easily approached by others 186 . with longsuffering. kindness. (Romans 2:4) Longsuffering was a quality evident in the ministry of the Apostle Paul: But thou hast fully known my doctrine. bowels of mercies. apt to teach. Brawlers are people who are always fighting or arguing: To speak evil of no man. (Colossians 1:11) We are called to be longsuffering: With all lowliness and meekness. out of season.. (Ephesians 4:2) We are to preach the Word of God with longsuffering: Preach the word. and longsuffering with joyfulness. It is a quiet and respectful kindness.. (Titus 3:2) We are to be easily entreated. exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. according to His glorious power. be instant in season. (II Timothy 4:2) Believers are to "put on" longsuffering as a spiritual quality: Put on therefore. meekness. violent.longsuffering. holy and beloved. (II Timothy 3:10) We are told to be longsuffering with joyfulness: Strengthened with all might. rebuke. not severe. longsuffering. as the elect of God. longsuffering. purpose. patient. but be gentle unto all men.. to be no brawlers. faith.. (Colossians 3:12) GENTLENESS Gentleness is the quality of having a mild manner. but gentle.
full of mercy and good fruits. and thy right hand hath holden me up.. and without hypocrisy.. Goodness is a quality of God: . my shield. not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4) King David said that he would have fainted had it not been for the goodness of God: I had fainted.. (Psalms 107:8..the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. then peaceable. (Psalms 52:1) Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men. (Psalms) 65:11 The goodness of God is shown to sinners to lead them to repentance: Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering. (James 3:17) David wrote: Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation.15. my high tower. and thy gentleness hath made me great.31) My goodness. unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. and He in whom I trust. (Psalms 33:5) God crowns the year with His goodness. and easy to be entreated..because of our gentle nature: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure. who subdueth my people under me. without partiality. This means all the blessings of each year are from Him: Thou crownest the year with thy goodness. (Psalms 144:2) The earth shows the goodness of God: . and my fortress. (Psalms 18:35) GOODNESS Goodness is acts of holiness or righteousness.the goodness of God endureth continually. (Psalms 27:13) 187 . and my deliverer. gentle.21.
It is a strong confidence in God which enables a believer to take action where others will not act because of unbelief. (Psalms 107:9) As a believer. (Colossians 3:12-13) Brethren if a man be overtaken in a fault.. bowels of mercies. and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. kindness. which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men. While everyone does not have the gift of faith. Faith as a gift is power. holy and beloved. humbleness of mind. lest thou also be 188 . (Psalms 23:6) FAITH You learned about faith when you studied it as a spiritual gift. which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee.David said God's goodness is laid up for us: Oh how great is thy goodness.. But remember the difference between the two which was explained previously. ye which are spiritual. It is developed through the process of His life within us bringing spiritual growth. so also do ye. if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you. the goodness and mercy of God follows you: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. restore such an one in the spirit of meekness. Meekness is to be the method used in restoring a backslider. It is an action. longsuffering. The concepts taught about faith as a gift are also applicable to faith as a fruit. It is an attitude of faith towards God. as the elect of God. (Psalms 31:19) God fills the hungry with goodness: For He satisfieth the longing soul. A backslider is one who goes back into a life of sin after having received Jesus as Savior: Put on therefore. the fruit of faith should be evident in the lives of all believers. Forbearing one another and forgiving one another. MEEKNESS Meekness is controlled strength. meekness. considering thyself. Faith as a fruit is character.
longsuffering. godliness. and receive with meekness the engrafted word.tempted. (Colossians 3:12) But thou. forbearing one another in love. patience. apt to teach. meekness. faith. (Galatians 6:1) Meekness keeps unity in the church: . love. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. meekness. patient. with longsuffering. (Titus 3:2) You are to receive God's Word with meekness: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness. but be gentle unto all men. which is able to save your souls. flee these things. O man of God. and follow after righteousness.. With all lowliness and meekness. as the elect of god. (Ephesians 4:1-3) Meekness should be used in dealing with all men: And the servant of the Lord must not strive.walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. holy and beloved. bowels of mercies kindness humbleness of mind. but gentle.. to be no brawlers. if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. (I Timothy 6:11) 189 . shewing all meekness unto all men. (II Timothy 2:24-25) To speak evil of no man. (James 3:13) Believers are encouraged to seek this quality of meekness: Put on therefore. (James 1:21) A wise man is a meek man: Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
seek righteousness. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard. and find none: cut it down: why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him. and to temperance patience. (Acts 24:25) IMPORTANCE OF THE FRUIT Jesus placed great emphasis on fruit bearing. Lord.. We are told to add temperance to our lives: And to knowledge temperance. (Luke 13:6-9) Another time Jesus saw a fig tree which had no fruit: Now in the morning as He returned into the city. seek meekness. let it alone this year also. when I have preached to others. and found nothing 190 . all ye meek of the earth. then after that thou shalt cut it down.. Behold these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree..Seek ye the Lord. He came to it. and he came and sought fruit thereon.. He hungered. temperance.. Temperance is mastery in all things: But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means. And when He saw a fig tree in the way. In one parable He said: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. and dung it: And if it bear fruit. (II Peter 1:6) Temperance was part of Paul's message of the Gospel: And he reasoned of righteousness. till I shall dig about it. I myself should be a castaway. (I Corinthians 9:27) (See I Corinthians 9:19-27).. thoughts. well: and if not. and found none. It is self-control. and judgment to come. (Zephaniah 2:3) TEMPERANCE Temperance is moderation in emotions. which have wrought His judgment. and actions.
reveals what he is like inside: For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit. Lord. Generally speaking. but leaves only. and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:43-45) A man may have personal appeal [charisma] that can be mistaken for spiritual power. shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. But the Bible emphasizes spiritual fruit: Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.. more emphasis has been placed on the gifts rather than the fruit of the Holy Spirit in modern ministry. He may even do miracles in the name of the Lord. Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. For every tree is known by his own fruit.thereon. For of thorns men do not gather figs. The fig tree had a good appearance. But it had no fruit. (Matthew 7:20) The fruit. He was teaching an important truth. hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres. but are within full of dead men's bones. and said unto it. and of all uncleanness. nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. but inwardly they do not have the spiritual fruit of Christ-likeness. or spiritual qualities shown by a person. neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. a religious group at the time of Christ. have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many 191 . Many will say to me in that day. Lord. but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Lord. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good. Some people give the outward appearance of being spiritual. scribes and Pharisees. Lord. Jesus said to them: Woe unto you. (Matthew 23:27) God is concerned about fruitfulness rather than the appearance of fruitfulness. (Matthew 21:18-19) Jesus cursing the fig tree was not an act of anger because He was hungry and the tree had no fruit. which indeed appear beautiful outward. This was the condition of the Pharisees. But Jesus said: Not every one that saith unto me.. It had green leaves and looked as if it should be fruitful.
without fruit....wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them. -The fruit of evangelism spreads the Gospel of the Kingdom and results in spiritual harvest throughout the world. In the spirit world it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit which has the capacity for spiritual reproduction: -The fruit of Christ-like qualities in lives of believers draws sinful men to God...These are. ye that work iniquity. "By their FRUITS ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). In the natural world it is the fruit which carries within it the seeds which reproduce.trees whose fruit withereth. I never knew you: depart from me. 192 . plucked up by the roots. twice dead. He said one of the ways to recognize them was by the lack of fruit in their lives: . (Matthew 7:21-23) Jude warned against those who would "creep in" to the church and teach false doctrine.. (Jude 12) The important thing in any ministry is the fruit because.
What Scripture reference reveals that Jesus has chosen us to bear fruit? ________________________________________________________________________ 5. What is the inner fruit of the Spirit? ________________________________________________________________________ 3. List the qualities of the inner fruit of the Holy Spirit: ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ 4. What is the outer fruit of the Spirit? ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Write the Key Verses from memory.SELF-TEST 1. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 193 .
not severe 6. Why is the fruit of the Spirit important? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 8. Self-control 7. Gladness. Righteous acts 7. Read the definitions in list two. Write the number of the definition which describes the fruit on the blank provided.) 194 . calm. Read the list of spiritual fruit of the Holy Spirit in list one. What is the difference between the peace of God and peace with God? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. Patient endurance 5. List One _____Temperance _____Faith _____Meekness _____Gentleness _____Goodness _____Joy _____Longsuffering _____Peace _____Love List Two 1. care 2. Strong confidence in God 8. Quiet. harmony 4. Deep affection. delight 3.6. Mild manner. Controlled strength 9.
36 John 15:11 John 14:27 I Peter 3:15 II Corinthians 10:1 Romans 11:22 Matthew 17:14-21 II Corinthians 10:1 Luke 4:1-13 Read the books of Matthew. and John. I John 4:16. Add to this outline other references where Jesus demonstrated fruit of the Holy Spirit.15 Matthew 11:28-30 II Peter 1:3 II Timothy 2:13 Zephaniah 2:3 Hebrews 12:11 (God's chastening demonstrates moderation). God is a God of: Love: Joy: Peace: Longsuffering: Gentleness: Goodness: Faithfulness: Meekness: Temperance: 4. The fruit of the Holy Spirit are manifestations of God's character. "believes all things" in verse 7 is the fruit of faith. How many other spiritual fruit can you see expressed in love? For example. Read Matthew 5:1-12. the fruit of joy is mentioned in verse 12. Luke.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. Mark 1:38 Inner Fruit: Love: Joy: Peace: Longsuffering: Gentleness: Goodness: Faith: Meekness: Temperance: Mark 10:21. Titus 3:4 Matthew 25:21 Philippians 4:7 II Peter 3:9. 3. How many inner fruit of Christ-likeness can you find in this passage? For example. 2. 195 . Mark. John 11:5. Read I Corinthians chapter 13 which concerns the spiritual fruit of love. Jesus Christ had all the fruit of the Holy Spirit evident in His life: Outer Fruit: Evangelism: John 10:16.
heresies. Envyings. (Galatians 5:17) 196 . variance. that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.CHAPTER TWELVE THE WORKS OF THE FLESH OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C Identify the works of the flesh. WHAT ARE WORKS OF THE FLESH? The works of the flesh are characteristics of the sinful nature of man caused by lust [sinful desire]. and such like. strife. A SPIRITUAL BATTLE There is a constant spiritual battle going on in the life of a believer. witchcraft. (Galatians 5:19-21) INTRODUCTION This chapter concerns the works of the flesh. fornication. drunkenness. Idolatry. hatred. The works of the flesh are trying to destroy the fruit of the Holy Spirit: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit. They are opposites of the qualities which the Holy Spirit wants to develop in your life. sinful qualities which contrast the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Explain how to walk in the Spirit rather than in the flesh. wrath. murders. uncleanness. revellings. which are these: Adultery. and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. seditions. as I have also told you in time past. of the which I tell you before. emulations. KEY VERSES: Now the works of the flesh are manifest. lasciviousness.
Thefts. lasciviousness. proceed evil thoughts. Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man. ADULTERY Adultery is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone who is not their spouse. wickedness. blasphemy. even he that 197 . the cause is not visible. And these evil things come from within.. (Galatians 5:19-21) Although the results of these sins are visible in wrong actions. murders. and defile the man.. lasciviousness. Envyings.. strife. that defileth the man. The works of the flesh are: .Adultery..The fleshly desires of natural man are contrary to the nature of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 7:18. out of the heart of men. and such like. uncleanness. This is why we are studying these specific sins. murders. fornication. hatred. wrath. pride. For from within. seditions. drunkenness. revellings... fornications. (Exodus 20:14) In Old Testament times when a person committed adultery he was put to death: And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife. heresies. foolishness. One of the first ten commandments from God was: Thou shalt not commit adultery. variance. covetousness.20-23) The sins listed in Galatians 5:19-21 are not all of the sins identified in the Bible. They are a group of sins called "works of the flesh" which contrast the fruit of the Spirit. it cannot defile him. witchcraft. deceit. Idolatry. And He said. The cause is sinful desires [lusts] of the heart: And He saith unto them. adulteries. an evil eye. That which cometh out of the man. emulations.
. nor idolaters. and be married to another. nor effeminate. and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. That whosoever shall put away his wife... nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Do not commit adultery. the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. (Matthew 5:27-28) Adultery also includes divorcing a mate and remarrying without Biblical cause: But I say unto you. (Leviticus 20:10) Both Jesus and Paul repeated the warning against adultery in the New Testament: Thou knowest the commandments. and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (Mark 10:19) For this. (Mark 10:12) When a person commits adultery he is sinning against his own soul: But whoso comitteth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 198 . (Hebrews 13:4) Those who commit adultery do not inherit the Kingdom of God: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. Thou shalt not commit adultery. nor adulterers.. (Proverbs 6:32) God judges those who commit adultery: Marriage is honourable in all. (Matthew 5:32) And if a woman shall put away her husband. Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you.committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife. (Romans 13:9) Jesus expanded the meaning of adultery to include evil sexual desires of the heart: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time. she committeth adultery. saving for the cause of fornication. causeth her to commit adultery.
. (I Corinthians 6:9-10) The Bible tells us to abstain [refrain] from fornication: For this is the will of God.14) The Bible warns: . and that cannot cease from sin.. saving for the cause of fornication. This sin includes adultery which is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone who is not their mate.. (Matthew 5:32) Fornicators will not inherit the Kingdom of God: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. (I Corinthians 6:9) One of the characteristics by which you can recognize false teachers is by the sin of adultery: . shall inherit the Kingdom of God.Having eyes full of adultery. that ye should abstain from fornication..there shall be false teachers among you. Fornication also includes sexual intercourse between people who are not married. nor covetous.. Fornication can be a Biblically permitted reason for divorce: But I say unto you. and let every woman have her own husband.the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. nor extortioners. as some of them committed.. (I Thessalonians 4:3) Nevertheless to avoid fornication.Nor thieves. That whosoever shall put away his wife. causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commiteth adultery. even your sanctification. (II Peter 2:1. (I Corinthians 7:2) Neither let us commit fornication.. let every man have his own wife...shall inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 10:8) 199 . (Proverbs 6:26) FORNICATION Fornication is sexual intercourse by two people who are not married to each other. nor drunkards nor revilers.. It includes sexual deviation such as homosexuality [with someone of the same sex] and incest..
.. and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price. (I Corinthians 6:13.. and all uncleanness... For this reason. but for the Lord.The body is not intended for fornication because it belongs to the Lord.. and all uncleanness. What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God. he finally will be given over to it totally. let it not be once named among you. as becometh saints.Now the body is not for fornication. and the Lord for the body. as becometh saints. or covetousness. you must flee fornication: . In this passage on the works of the flesh. Flee fornication.(Romans 1:26.Being filled with all unrighteousness. According to Romans l. God does not want His people to be unclean: But fornication. which are God's. let it not be once named among you. fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body. (Ephesians 5:2) 200 . Eventually. (Ephesians 5:3) If a person continues in fornication.. but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. and in your spirit. his conscience will no longer be bothered by it: For this cause God gave them up. (Colossians 3:5) Fornication is not to even be named among believers: But fornication..fornication... therefore glorify God in your body... it can even lead to homosexuality. the word "uncleanness" means being spiritually or morally unclean.18-20) It is your responsibility to mortify fornication: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth. or covetousness.29) UNCLEANNESS Uncleanness is the opposite of being clean.
inordinate affection. (I Thessalonians 4:4) If you do not mortify uncleanness then you will yield to it: I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh..12) 201 ..For God hath not called us unto uncleanness. (II Corinthians 7:1) That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.these as natural brute beasts.. (Ephesians 4:19-20) If you continue to live in spiritual uncleanness [sin]. even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. (Romans 1:24) When a man is given over by God to something. perfecting holiness in the fear of God.. and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. (Colossians 3:5) Having therefore these promises. evil concupiscence.. uncleanness. which is idolatry. but unto holiness.. But ye have not so learned Christ. his conscience ceases to function and he is totally controlled by it. God will give you over to it: Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts. made to be taken and destroyed.. (I Thessalonians 4:7) It is your responsibility to mortify uncleanness and discipline yourself to live a holy life: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication. (Romans 6:19) If you continue to yield to uncleanness you will eventually give yourself over to it: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness. for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity.. dearly beloved. He will perish in his sin unless he repents: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. to work all uncleanness with greediness. speak evil of the things they understand not. (II Peter 2:10. and covetousness.
Giving yourself over to it: Ephesians 4:19 Which results in. God giving you over to it: Romans 1:24 Which ends in. Yield to uncleanness: Romans 6:19 It leads to. You will note that when these verses on uncleanness are put together... you will eventually give yourself over to it. Holiness I Thessalonians 4:7 If You. As a believer. (Jude 4) In times past you may have been lascivious... ungodly men. and lewdness... If you mortify uncleanness. and denying the only Lord God.. Finally.Look at the following chart. who were before of old ordained to this condemnation. a pattern emerges.. turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness... Utterly perishing in your own corruption: II Peter 2:10. Mortify uncleanness: Colossians 3:5 It leads to.12 LASCIVIOUSNESS Lasciviousness is the sin of lust.. sinful emotions.. you are no longer to continue this behavior: 202 . You have the power to either mortify or yield to sin. God will give you over to it and you will perish in your own corruption: UNCLEANNESS: A PATTERN OF CHOICE If You. Lasciviousness is one of the characteristics by which you can recognize false teachers: For there are certain men crept in unawares. and our Lord Jesus Christ. it will lead to holiness in your life. It is filthy and shameless conduct. If you yield to it.
. excess of wine. wood. that boast themselves of idols. revellings. the work of men's hands. They have no power or true spiritual significance: The idols of the heathen are silver and gold. neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land. (I Peter 4:2-3) The Bible teaches that if you continue to be lascivious. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles. nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God.. This does not just mean the worship of images made out of stone. lusts..That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men. One of the first commandments given by God concerned idolatry: Turn ye not unto idols. (Ephesians 4:19) IDOLATRY Idolatry is the worship of idols. An idol is anything that is more important to you than God. but to the will of God. (Psalms 96:5) You will be confounded [or confused] if you serve idols: Confounded be all they that serve graven images. (Leviticus 26:1) The gods of heathen nations are called idols: For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. you will eventually give yourself over to it without conscience: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness. (Psalms 97:7) The idols of the heathen are the work of man. banquetings. or precious metals.. 203 . and abominable idolatries. Idolatry is the lack of acknowledgment of the rightful position of God in your life. Idolaters are those who practice idolatry and worship something other than the true God. when we walked in lasciviousness. to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. to work uncleanness with greediness. neither rear you up a standing image. (Leviticus 19:4) Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image.
(I Corinthians 6:9-10) The Bible reveals the destination of idolaters: But the fearful. or an extortioner. (Revelation 22:15) The Bible calls covetousness a form of idolatry. Covetousness is wanting something with an intense and wrong desire. if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator. You are to mortify and destroy covetousness: 204 . and murderers. neither is there any breath in their mouths. and all liars.. and idolaters. and sorcerers. and the abominable and murderers. (Psalms 135:15-18) (See also Psalms 115:4-8).shall inherit the kingdom of God. and sorcerers. They have ears. and idolaters. shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.neither idolaters. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them..They have mouths. keep yourselves from idols. (I Corinthians 5:11) You are warned to keep yourself from idols: Little children. or a drunkard. and whoremongers. but they hear not. (I John 5:21) Idolaters will not be part of the Kingdom of God: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived. with such an one go not to eat. and unbelieving.. or an idolater. or covetous. and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. eyes have they. but they speak not. which is the second death.. (Revelation 21:8) For without are dogs. but they see not. or a railer. and whoremongers. A Christian cannot worship idols: And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? (II Corinthians 6:16) You are not to even keep company with idolaters: But now I have written unto you not to keep company.
which is idolatry. inordinate affection. but to the will of God. evil concupiscence. voodoo. God says the sin of rebellion is as bad as witchcraft: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. It is evil feelings towards others.. or pray against others. and covetousness. uncleanness. you can be guilty of "witchcraft" as a sin of the flesh if you try to manipulate. (I Samuel 15:23) HATRED Hatred is the opposite of love. (Proverbs 10:12) It is better to be where love is than with those who are filled with hatred: Better is a dinner of herbs where love is. lusts.. but love covereth all sins. The meaning of witchcraft can be expanded to include any control and manipulation of others. It is an emotion of intense dislike.. when we walked in lasciviousness. (Colossians 3:5) You may have been an idolater in times past. use of potions. than a stalled ox and hatred 205 . enchantments. revellings. control. (I Thessalonians 1:9) WITCHCRAFT Witchcraft is the practice of witches including white and black magic. banquetings. sorcery. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles. and drugs. and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.. and abominable idolatries. It includes all Satanic practices and worship.Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication. Even though you are not involved in Satanic witchcraft. but believers are no longer to continue with this practice: That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men. (I Peter 4:2-3) For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you. Witchcraft is spiritual rebellion against God. The Bible says that hatred stirs up strife: Hatred stirreth up strife. excess of wine. spells. astrology.
yet thou must do it again. but who is able to stand before envy. fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. (Proverbs 15:17) Hatred covered by deceit will be revealed by God: Whose hatred is covered by deceit. (Proverbs 27:4) A man of great wrath will suffer because of it: A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment. This word is used only one other place in the Bible. when Jesus speaks of "variance" in the family as a sign of the last days of time (Matthew 10:35). It is similar to strife. (Proverbs 29:8) When you were an unbeliever you were a child of wrath: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh. rage. and dissension. This passage in Galatians is the only reference in the Bible where the word is used in this manner (Galatians 5:19-21).Wise men turn away wrath. (Proverbs 19:19) Wise men will turn away from wrath: . The Bible says wrath is cruel: Wrath is cruel. It is a spirit of rivalry and a form of jealousy. EMULATIONS Emulation is the desire to copy others and to equal or excel them. disharmony..therewith. for if thou deliver him. VARIANCE Variance is disagreement. an angry act. and anger is outrageous. and were by nature the children of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3) 206 .. his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. (Proverbs 26:26) Deceit here means pretending to like someone when in reality you hate them. WRATH Wrath is violent anger. even as others.
anger... (Ephesians 4:31) You are to put off wrath: But now ye also put off all these. blasphemy. and clamour. (Proverbs 14:29) There is a relation between wrath and the next work of the flesh you will study which is strife.the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. slow to wrath..Now wrath should not operate in your life: Let all bitterness. hatred also causes it: Hatred stirreth up strifes. (Colossians 3:8) You are to forsake wrath: Cease from anger. (James 1:19. my beloved brethren. or conflict. (Psalms 37:8) You are to be slow to wrath: Wherefore. (Proverbs 10:12) Forward [aggressive] men also cause strife: 207 . filthy communication out of your mouth. be put away from you. but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. and wrath. but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. slow to speak. but love covereth all sins. fighting. malice. (Proverbs 15:18) Surely. The Bible describes this relationship: A wrathful man stirreth up strife. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. It means a clash or dispute.20) He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. and anger. wrath. (Proverbs 30:33) STRIFE Strife is quarreling. let every man be swift to hear. with all malice. In addition to wrath causing strife. and evil speaking.. and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
and divisions. (Proverbs 16:28) Pride causes strife: He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife. (Proverbs 22:10) To be scornful is to mock or show contempt for something or someone. is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. (Proverbs 28:25) Angry men cause strife: An angry man stirreth up strife. knowing that they do gender strifes.. and strife. are argumentative. so is a contentious man to kindle strife. and meddleth with strife belonging not to him. and talk about others cause strife: He that passeth by. there will be confusion: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts.16) 208 . are ye not carnal...A forward man soweth strife. and walk as men? (I Corinthians 3:3) Where envy and strife is.. As coals are to burning coals and wood to fire.20-21) Foolish questions cause strife: But foolish and unlearned questions avoid. (II Timothy 2:23) Strife is a carnal work of the flesh: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying.. (Proverbs 29:22) Scornful men cause strife: Cast out the scorner. glory not. and contention shall go out.For where envying and strife is. the strife ceaseth. People who meddle... (James 3:14. yea strife and reproach shall cease.. there is confusion and every evil work. (Proverbs 26:17. Where no wood is. there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer. and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
It is resentment of the spiritual.. knowing nothing. It is wrong longing and desire. whereof cometh envy. Envy is one of the characteristics of false teachers: He is proud knowing nothing. (II Peter 2:1) ENVYINGS Envy is jealousy excited by the success of others.. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds. even as there shall be false teachers among you. This passage on the works of the flesh is one of the few where this term is used in the Bible. HERESIES Heresies are beliefs contrary to the Word of God. but doting about questions and strifes of words. strife.. (I Timothy 6:4-5) SEDITIONS Sedition is the stirring up of unrest or discord. but doting about questions and strifes of words. They are opinions of man which are in error and lead to division in the church. railings. evil surmisings. financial. or material blessings of others. strife. whereof cometh envy. The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (James 4:4) 209 . who privily shall bring in damnable heresies. (Philippians 2:3) Strife is one of the characteristics of false teachers: He is proud..The Bible says nothing should be done through strife: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory. evil surmisings. and destitute of the truth. but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. (I Timothy 6:4) Envy comes from the spirit of man: Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain. railings. Heresies are characteristic of false prophets: But there were false prophets also among the people.
. fornication. (Proverbs 23:17) MURDERERS To murder is to take the life of another with willful malice and forethought. (Titus 3:3) Where there is envy. glory not. and deceived. but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. and divisions. and hating one another.. (James 3:14.thou shalt do no murder. whisperers. or as a thief. hateful. and lie not against the truth.. full of envy. serving divers lusts and pleasures.. If you hate other 210 .. living in malice and envy. murder. (Romans 1:29) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish. One of the first commandments given by God was "Thou shalt not kill. deceit. malignity. (Matthew 19:18) You should not be guilty of murder: But let none of you suffer as a murderer. or as a busybody in other men's matters.” Jesus said: . wickedness. covetousness.. disobedient. other problems arise: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts. or as an evildoer. are ye not carnal.For where envying and strife is. (I Peter 4:15) The New Testament expands the meaning of murder to include hatred. Murder is not the same as self-defense or an accidental killing. and walk as men? (I Corinthians 3:3) Those living in sin are filled with envy: Being filled with all unrighteousness.. debate. This was a judgment established by God in Numbers 35. maliciousness. there is confusion and every evil work.. and strife.Envy is a sign of being a carnal Christian: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying. Murder is not the same as imposing the death penalty on a person who has killed someone.16) We are warned not to envy sinners: Let not thine heart envy sinners.
. not in chambering and wantonness. It is intoxication caused by strong chemical drinks. when walked in lasciviousness. banquetings. and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.. (I Corinthians 5:11) The Bible warns that drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived. not in rioting and drunkenness. or covetous... with such an one go not to eat. The Bible warns that the drunkard will be poor: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. or a drunkard. or a railer. or an extortioner. lusts. (I John 3:15) DRUNKENNESS Drunkenness is a condition of having mental and physical faculties affected by excessive drinking.. (Proverbs 23:21) You are not to live a drunken lifestyle: Let us walk honestly. and abominable idolatries. but as a believer you are no longer to do this: That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men. not in strife and envying..drunkards. or an idolater. excess of wine. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles. (I Corinthians 6:9-10) You may have been a drunkard in times past. (Romans 13:13) You are not even to keep company with those who are drunkards: But now I have written unto you not to keep company. neither.believers it is like being a murderer: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer.. but to the will of God. revellings..(I Peter 4:2-3) The Bible contrasts being drunk with wine and being filled with the Spirit: 211 .shall inherit the kingdom of God. as in the day. if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator.
but as a believer you are no longer to behave this way: That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men. 2. REVELLINGS Revelling is to engage and delight in worldly pleasures. a drunkard. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness... but be filled with the Spirit. (I John 1:9) WALK IN THE SPIRIT How does one stop doing the sinful works of the flesh? First: Repent of your sin and have faith towards God through accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior: 212 . 3. 4. (Ephesians 5:18) In the natural world. It is riotous and wild living. Is joyful while under the influence of intoxicants... 1. He has no fear and often has great strength. Has his speech affected by the drink. that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will the Gentiles.of the which I tell you before.. and physical faculties to drink. participating in worldly. 5.(I Peter 4:2-3) WORKS OF THE FLESH: THE RESULT Paul explains the results of doing the works of the flesh: . as I have also told you in time past. Is consumed with desire for drink. when we walked in lasciviousness. (Galatians 5:21) God has given a way to avoid this penalty: If we confess our sins. Is free from inhibitions. wherein is excess..And be not drunk with wine. but to the will of God. Yields control of his emotional. You may have been a reveller in times past. boisterous merry making or festivity.
The old things pass away. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Whenever you fail and sin. but what I hate. If then I do that which I would not.. (II Corinthians 5:17) God does not take sinful man and give him a self-improvement course. Ask God to put a desire to be holy in your heart. He creates a new creature... that I do. It is the Holy Spirit who will enable you to walk in the ways of the Spirit instead of the sinful ways of the flesh: This I say then. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not. he is a new creature: old things are passed away. This is how you learn to walk in the Spirit and. Second: Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now then it is no more I that do it. that do I not. all things are become new.Therefore if any man be in Christ. that do I. in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me. I consent unto the law that it is good. Walk in the Spirit.. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. behold. The Apostle Paul described the struggle he had in his own effort to live a Godly life: For that which I do I allow not: for what I would. but sin that dwelleth in me. but how to perform that which is good I find not. (Romans 7:15-19) Paul experienced the difficulty of living a holy life but he continued to pursue this goal despite his failures. (Galatians 5:17) Third: Realize you cannot be freed from the works of the flesh and walk in the Spirit through your own effort. For I know that in me (that is. who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. The works of the flesh are to be replaced by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. confess it immediately and ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome it. 213 .
if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. This is why it is so important for believers to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death. for it is not subject to the law of God. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. neither indeed can be. but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. but after the Spirit. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh. but in the Spirit. But ye are not in the flesh. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. 214 . (Romans 8:1-9) The fruit of Christ-like qualities only develop as you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Read the definitions in list two. 215 .SELF-TEST 1. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. The qualities contrasting the fruit of the Holy Spirit are called: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Write the number which describes the work of the flesh on the blank provided. Write the Key Verses from memory. What Bible passage gives the key to overcoming the works of the flesh? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. On the following page. look at the works of the flesh in list one.
Disagreement. 5. 10. _____Envyings _____Murders _____Drunkenness _____Lasciviousness _____Adultery _____Fornication _____Uncleanness _____Witchcraft _____Idolatry _____Hatred _____Variance _____Heresies _____Emulations _____Strife _____Wrath _____Seditions (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. 14. Lust. 2. Violent anger. 8. Quarreling. 6. boisterous merry-making or festivities. Spiritually and morally sinful. 9. 15. Worship of idols. desire to copy others to equal or excel them. Beliefs contrary to God's Word. Stirring up discord. sinful emotions. Jealousy excited by the success of others.List One _____Revellings List Two 1. 7. rage. fighting. dissension. Excessive drinking.) 216 . 3. Taking the life of another. lewdness. 13. Opposite of love. Sex by a married person with someone other than their spouse. Sexual intercourse by two people not married to each other. Rivalry. Worldly. 11. 12. 17. 16. 4. Practice of witches.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Contrast the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-24 with the works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21. The first one is done as an example for you to follow: CONTRASTS Fruit Of The Spirit Works Of The Flesh (Galatians 5:22-24) (Galatians 5:19-21) ________________________________________________________________________ Love Hatred, murder, envy ________________________________________________________________________ Joy ________________________________________________________________________ Peace ________________________________________________________________________ Longsuffering ________________________________________________________________________ Gentleness ________________________________________________________________________ Goodness ________________________________________________________________________ Faith ________________________________________________________________________ Meekness ________________________________________________________________________ Temperance ________________________________________________________________________
DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL FRUIT
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: C C Explain the different production levels of spiritual fruit. Use the parallel of natural fruit production to explain how the fruit of the Spirit is developed in the life of a believer.
KEY VERSE: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring for more fruit. (John 15:2) INTRODUCTION The key verse for this chapter confirms it is God's desire that spiritual fruit be evident in your life. This chapter provides guidelines for developing spiritual fruit. PRODUCTION LEVELS OF FRUIT There are different levels of fruit bearing evident in the lives of believers. John chapter 15 identifies the various levels of fruit production: -Fruit: -More fruit: -Much fruit: -Permanent Fruit: John 15:2a John 15:2b John 15:5,8 John 15:16
God's desire is that you bear much spiritual fruit and that it is permanent. He wants you to be productive in the outer fruit of evangelism and the inner fruit of Christ-likeness. NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL TRUTHS The Bible contains important principles which you must identify in order to understand 218
what God is saying to you through His Word. One of these principles is that of natural parallels of spiritual truths. The word "parallel" means to be similar to something or to "lay side by side.” In a "natural parallel of a spiritual truth" God uses a natural example to explain or represent a spiritual truth. The parables of Jesus were natural examples of spiritual truths. For example, in one parable He used the natural example of a woman searching intensely for a lost coin. He used this to illustrate the intense concern we should have for men and women who are lost in sin. This is just one of many examples of parables in which Jesus used natural examples to illustrate spiritual truths. This principle of natural and spiritual parallels is explained in I Corinthians: ...There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which was spiritual but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. (I Corinthians 15:44-46) In these verses the Apostle Paul shared one of the greatest examples of a natural parallel of a spiritual truth. The first man created by God was the natural man, Adam. Jesus, who is called the last Adam, was a spirit. Adam was a natural parallel of the spiritual truth God revealed through Jesus Christ. By the natural man came sin and death. By the spiritual man came salvation and life. That which is natural is something you can observe with your senses; you can see, hear or touch it. That which is spiritual can only be observed with spiritual senses. Natural examples can be recognized with the physical senses. Their spiritual parallels can only be recognized through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Understanding this principle of natural parallels of spiritual truths results in new insights in the study of God's Word. DEVELOPING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Jesus used the term "fruit" of the Spirit as a natural parallel of a spiritual truth. Certain conditions are necessary to produce fruit in the natural world. These are spiritual parallels of things necessary for production of spiritual fruit. In the natural world, as well as the spiritual realm, there are specific conditions necessary to assure growth. These include the following:
LIFE: The first requirement for development of the fruit of the Spirit is life. Just as life in the natural world comes through seed, life in the spiritual world came through the Seed of Jesus Christ. In the first promise of a Savior of the world, Jesus was called a Seed: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15) In Jesus Christ [the Seed] is the life required to produce spiritual fruit: In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4) For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself. (John 5:26) ...I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) That Seed of life, Jesus Christ, must be living in you. You cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit if you do not have a personal relationship with Him because... From Me is thy fruit found... (Hosea 14:8) WATER: Water is necessary to produce fruit in the natural world. Water is one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit. The water of the Holy Spirit is necessary to produce fruit in the spirit world. It quenches your spiritual thirst and brings spiritual growth: He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:38-39) For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring. (Isaiah 44:3) 220
and declare unto you. You are to be transformed [changed] into the ways of God: 221 . If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness. This is the message which we have heard of Him. SPACE: In Matthew 13 in the parable of the sower. and he becometh unfruitful. and in Him is no darkness at all. so it is when a man is born on the breath of the spirit. This is necessary for growth and fruit production. Knox Translation) The "wind" of the Holy Spirit blowing across your life is much like the wind in the natural world.LIGHT: It is response to light that stimulates growth in the natural fruit bearing process. but knowest thou nothing of the way it came or the way it goes. we lie. It is your response to the light of God's Word that produces the fruit of the Spirit. (Matthew 13:22) You are not to be conformed to the ways of the world. choke the word. The believer who develops spiritual fruit will discover he must be set apart from the competition of the world: He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word. separates the wheat from the chaff in your spiritual life. In the Word of God the Holy Spirit is compared to air or wind: The wind breathes where it will. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light. (John 3:8. competition for space choked out some plants. and the care of this world. (I John 1:5-7) AIR: Carbon dioxide is drawn in by the natural plant from the air which surrounds it. and thou canst hear the sound of it. and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin. that God is light. we have fellowship one with another. and do not the truth. and fans the dying coals of your spiritual zeal to set you ablaze for God. and the deceitfulness of riches. It scatters the seeds of the Word of God.
And be not conformed to this world.He shall grow as the lily. they shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine. In the natural world. This spiritual refreshing results in rapid growth of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Let us fear. (Psalms 1:1-3) REST: Dormancy [rest] occupies a specific season in the natural growth cycle of plants.. but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.. Dormancy usually occurs right before a period of very rapid growth.. nor standeth in the way of sinners. They that dwell under his shadow shall return. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Psalms chapter l tells how to develop the root system in your spiritual life: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. Dormancy is a period during which the plant may appear to be dead because there is no growth. (Hosea 14:5-8) ROOT SYSTEM: Roots are necessary to anchor and supply nutrients to the plant. It is a period of rest for the plant. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.From Me is thy fruit found. (Romans 12:2a) God clears space around you [sets you apart from the world] to permit you to grow spiritually: .9) 222 .. and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. any of you would seem to come short of it.. lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest. and his beauty shall be as the olive tree and his smell as Lebanon. His branches shall spread.. his leaf also shall not wither. that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. But his delight is in the law of the Lord. and in His law doth he meditate day and night. One of the purposes of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to bring spiritual rest and refreshing. nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. God commanded times of rest for the land (Leviticus 25:5). (Hebrews 4:1.
ATTACHED TO THE VINE: In order to bear fruit in the natural world a branch must be attached to the main plant. If the branch is broken off from the main life-giving vine it will not bear fruit.. It is your responsibility to prepare the spiritual soil of your heart to respond properly to God's Word: Sow to yourselves in righteousness. (John 12:24) Everytime you plant a seed. you will not bear spiritual fruit.For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. it does not come to life unless it dies first: Verily. it bringeth forth much fruit. In the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 it was the condition of the soil that affected the growth of the seed. The Amplified Bible) Spiritual life depends on death to the things of the world. I say unto you. and pleasures. (Hosea 10:12) DEATH: Every time you plant a seed to produce fruit. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Your heart is like soil in the natural world. (Isaiah 28:11-12) SOIL: Both in the natural and spiritual worlds. Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die. and growing] unless it dies first. verily. you sow something that does not come to life [germinating. (I Corinthians 15:36. break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord.. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest. it abideth alone: but if it die. worldly desires. reap in mercy. till He come and rain righteousness upon you. It requires death to sin. springing up. In order to bear spiritual fruit we must maintain our relationship to Him: 223 . If your heart is hard and filled with things of the world that choke out the Word of God. and this is the refreshing. Death to the world results in the development of the fruit of Christ-likeness in your life. To whom He said. in order to produce fruit the ground must be properly prepared.
Pruning is also necessary in the spiritual world.I am the true vine. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself. no more can ye. I am the vine. This process is necessary if you are to bear spiritual fruit: Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit. and He will heal us. that it may bring forth more fruit. that it may bring forth more fruit. They are protected from the real 224 . and every branch that beareth fruit. and My Father is the husbandman. In the natural world. Only by returning to Him will you become spiritually reproductive and bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. When God "prunes" He removes from your life everything which would hinder your spiritual growth. many types of fruit are developed in environments that are specially controlled. He purgeth it.. He taketh away. He hath smitten and He will bind us up. CLIMATE: Climate is important in development of fruit. ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me. and every branch that beareth fruit. (John 15:2) Sometimes you do not reap the benefits of pruning because you blame Satan when God is actually the one bringing circumstances into your life to correct [prune] you. and I in him. and let us return unto the Lord.. except it abide in the vine. The Bible also calls it chastisement. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away. (John 15:1-5) PRUNING: Pruning is necessary in the natural world if a plant is to remain reproductive and bear fruit. They are grown in buildings called "hot houses" at specific temperatures. the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. (Hosea 6:1) The chastisement of pruning results in returning to God. Abide in Me. He removes everything which would hinder the growth of the plant. and I in you. Spiritual pruning is correction by God. When a farmer prunes a plant he cuts off the unproductive branches in order to make the plant produce more fruit. except ye abide in Me. for He hath torn. The purpose of God's correction is given in Hosea: Come. He purgeth it.
it will soon die because it has lived only in a controlled environment. 225 . Spiritual fruit should be just as evident in our contacts with the world as it is in the controlled settings of Christian friends or the church. It cannot withstand the environment of the real world.environment of the outside world. we do not want "hot house" Christians who look good in controlled settings but wilt on contact with the real world. If you take a "hot house" plant and move it outside. Spiritually speaking.
What are four production levels of fruit mentioned in John chapter 15? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ (Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual. these are natural parallels of a spiritual truth because these are also necessary for the production of spiritual fruit.SELF-TEST 1. List twelve things necessary in the natural world for fruit production. Remember. Write the Key Verse from memory.) 226 .
the Church [believers] His garden. Read Song Of Solomon 4:12-16.” 0 means "this is never true in my life. 3 means "this is definitely true in my life. This lesson completes your study of the "Ministry Of the Holy Spirit. 2." Example: __2__1. What is growing in the spiritual ground of your life? Are there weeds and thorns of: -The cares. spiritual "weeds". Your life is spiritual "ground" that will either yield spiritual fruit. or 0.” 2 means "this is usually true in my life. 1.” For further study we suggest you obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Spiritual Strategies: A Manual Of Spiritual Warfare. Your honest answers will help you evaluate the present level of development of spiritual fruit in your life. 227 . rocky spiritual soil.” It concerns the function of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare and explains the ministries of the other members of the Trinity. SPIRITUAL FRUIT ANALYSIS Read each of the statements and respond by selecting the number of the response which best describes you at present. He calls His people. (The person taking this analysis wrote the number "2" in the blank because this statement is usually true in their life). In this passage we are given a glimpse of God's garden. Complete the "Spiritual Fruit Analysis" which follows.FOR FURTHER STUDY 1. God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. 2. Respond to each questions by writing either 3. 3. anxieties.” 1 means "this is occasionally true. worries or interests of this world? -The deceitfulness of riches? -The desire for worldly things? What takes up the most space in your life? What occupies most of your time and attention? What is most important in your priorities? Is the "garden of your heart" stony soil? Do you have a hard heart? Those areas in which you stubbornly refuse to comply with Christ's commands are barren. or be barren and empty. I am secure in the certainty of God's control of the future.
and forever. I am having a consistent devotional life. _____2. _____27. 228 . _____16. I am conducting my everyday activities in a Biblical lifestyle. I am willingly yielding to authorities in my life. I know that God's presence is my joy. I am meeting the needs of relatives and friends unconditionally. _____14. I accept the imperfections of others. I have inner assurance and confidence from being right with God [righteousness]. _____6. knowing God is still at work in their lives. I am waiting for God to assist me in becoming what I can be as intended by Him. I have assurance of salvation from receiving Jesus as Lord. I am comforting. _____7. persecution. I know God loves me even when I am not loving to others. _____23. I am expressing cooperation. I know that God's mercy. _____3. I have an assurance of forgiveness of sins. _____24. I am secure in the certainty of God's control of the future. honesty. _____26. _____22. _____15. _____29. _____31. _____20. and counseling others. _____11. I have perseverance in the face of frustration. _____5. today. spared me from deserved punishment. difficult demands. _____32. _____18. Jesus Christ. I am saying "no" to what God forbids and "yes" to His commands. I am speaking positive words which build up others. _____33. I am growing and maturing as God intends. and pressures. I am in willing submission to God's Word and the Holy Spirit. I am agreeing that my faith has power only if God is trustworthy. _____30. I am believing Jesus Christ is the same yesterday. _____8. I am affirming the good qualities of people who "get on my nerves. _____35. _____13. _____12. _____10._____1. revealed by sending Jesus. I am being reliable in fulfilling promises. encouraging. _____34. teachability. I am being dependable in an accepted responsibility. I am grateful that God so loved the world that He gave His Son. _____4. I am faithful in telling the truth. _____28. I am under conviction by a stern but good God. I think of God as sometimes angry. and keeping promises. I am learning to say "no" to lesser things in order to experience greater things for God.” I have consistent satisfaction from doing God's will. _____19. _____25. _____17. _____21. I am forgiving others as Christ forgave me. I am aware that Jesus willingly did God's will. and humility. _____9. I am accepting Jesus' promise of peace. I am waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled.
_____53. I am relating to a person or group to keep me accountable in controlling problem areas in my life. _____54. I am rejoicing in completing my commitments of ministry. I can be counted on in times of distress. I am avoiding "getting even" when others do me wrong.. I am listening in order to really understand another person. money. _____58. then write "3" in the number 1 square. I have forgiven others who have deeply hurt me. _____56. Transfer your answers from the "Analysis" to the blanks on the next page. _____51. I am accepting others who develop at a different pace or in a different direction. I am meek in my conversation. _____60. I have confronted other Christians in a caring way when their conduct is wrong by God's standards. I am acting constructively on my knowledge of control problems in my life such as money. _____43. I have great delight in a spiritual achievement. _____52. I am at peace within by allowing the Holy Spirit to control my inner life. _____47. _____46. I have postponed activities which provide immediate pleasure for purposes of future spiritual growth.. overeating. I am serving others who cannot or will not serve me. _____38. I sign petitions against unjust practices. I am accepting of another person considered by others to be practicing a "serious" sin._____36. _____49. sex. or gossip. _____48.. I have an untroubled heart in the midst of this world's distress. I have calmness within when experiencing conflict of differences with others. 229 2." I see a need with compassion and respond to it helpfully. _____40. and self as they are owned by God. . I am letting "my light so shine before men that they may see my good works. _____42. _____55. SCORING THE ANALYSIS 1. I am open to suggestions from others as to where I need to improve. For example. _____39. I am continuing to hope in God. I am avoiding situations where I am easily tempted or addicted. if you answered Question 1 with a "3". _____50. compute the totals by adding across the row. _____45. After you have filled in every square. _____41. _____62. I am managing my time. I find joy in what God is doing in the lives of other believers. I am praying for my enemies and those who are unloving. _____44. _____37. _____57. _____61. _____59. I am doing well with my abilities of which I am aware. even when I am suffering.
Row FRUIT Total ________________________________________________________________________ 1 10 19 28 37 46 55 Peace ________________________________________________________________________ 2 11 20 29 38 47 56 Gentleness ________________________________________________________________________ 3 12 21 30 39 48 57 Faith ________________________________________________________________________ 4 13 22 31 40 49 58 Long Suffering ________________________________________________________________________ 5 14 23 32 41 50 59 Goodness ________________________________________________________________________ 6 15 24 33 42 51 60 Meekness ________________________________________________________________________ 7 16 25 34 43 52 61 Love ________________________________________________________________________ 8 17 26 35 44 53 62 Joy ________________________________________________________________________ 9 18 27 36 45 54 63 Temperance 230 .
In addition to prayer. What specifically will you change?_____________________________________ 3. Look at your lowest scores. then complete the following statement: The analysis suggests that I need further development of the spiritual fruit of: ________________________________________________________________________ 2. What will you stop doing?_____________________________________________ ____I will change something in my life. 231 . complete the following statements: 1. What will you start doing?____________________________________________ ____I will stop doing something I am now doing.APPLICATION On the basis of the results of your Spiritual Fruit Analysis. I am choosing one fruit to focus my prayers and attention on during the next month. The fruit I will focus on is___________________. I will take the following actions to aid the development of this fruit: Check one and then complete the statement: ____I will start doing something new.
(Ephesians 4:11-17) -Practice hospitality to one another . the poor and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body. some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel. with brotherly affection for the unknown guests. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people) that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church). As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent. the Anointed One. let our lives lovingly express truth in all things . some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. And in each instance do it ungrudgingly . let us grow up in every way and in all things unto Him. Whoever speaks let him do it as one who utters oracles of God. a gracious divine endowment) employ it for one another as benefits good trustees of God's many-sided grace . He Himself appointed and gave men to us some to be apostles (special messengers). Who is the Head even Christ.that is. be a lover of strangers. (the prey of) the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men engaged in every form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders). the Messiah.faithful stewards of the extremely divers powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor. that is. Rather. whoever renders service let him do it with the strength which God furnishes abundantly. traveling missionaries). living truly enfolded in love. so that in all things God may 232 .cordially and graciously without complaining but as representing Him. dealing truly. the foreigners. that we might arrive at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality) which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection (the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ. tossed like ships to and fro between chance gusts of teaching. Be hospitable.speaking truly. and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine. That it might develop until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension (the full and accurate knowledge) of the Son of God.APPENDIX The Amplified Bible translation of passages on spiritual gifts provides additional insight into the meaning of the various gifts: -And His gifts were varied. So then we may no longer be children. those of the household of faith. and the completeness found in Him).
he who gives aid and superintends. let him do it in simplicity and liberality. Now there are distinctive varieties and distributions of endowments (extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians due to the power of divine grace or action in their souls by the Holy Spirit ) and they vary. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Holy Spirit .be glorified through Jesus Christ the Messiah. let him prophesy according to the proportion of his faith. he who contributes. (I Peter 4:9-11) -For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs.that is the evidence. and individually we are parts one of another. with zeal and singleness of mind. He who exhorts. let us use them: He whose gift is prophecy. let him give himself to serving. 233 . He whose gift is practical service. To another wonder-working faith by the same Holy Spirit. (encourages) to his exhortation. he who teaches. with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness. the spiritual illumination of the Spirit . And there are distinctive varieties of operation . are one body in Christ. he who does acts of mercy. and to another the power to express a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:4-8) -Now about the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy) brethren...for good and profit. the Messiah. but the Holy Spirit remains the same. talents. I do not want you to be misinformed.. but it is the same Lord who is served.but is it is the same God who inspires and energizes them all in all.. To one is given in and through the Holy Spirit the power to speak a message of wisdom. qualities) that differ according to the grace given us.mutually dependent on one another. Having gifts (faculties.of working to accomplish things . And there are distinctive varieties of service and ministration. numerous as we are. to another the extraordinary powers of healing by the one Spirit. to his teaching. members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use. So we.
third teachers. (I Corinthians 12..that is.each with his own place and function. speakers in different (unknown) tongues. So God has appointed some in the church for His own use: First apostles (special messengers). each part severally and distinct . All these achievements and abilities are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same Holy Spirit who apportions to each person individually exactly as He chooses. helpers. second apostles (inspired preachers and expounders). Now you (collectively) are Christ's body and (individually) you are members of it. to another prophetic insight .. administrators. then wonder-workers. selected verses) 234 . to another various kinds of unknown tongues. then those with ability to heal the sick.. to another the ability to discern and distinguish between the utterances of true spirits and false ones.To another the working of miracles. the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose. to another the ability to interpret such tongues.
. -Insult the Spirit. CHAPTER TWO: 1. And lo a voice from heaven saying.188.8.131.52.2 -The presence of the Lord 235 2. 6. Holy Spirit.4 2. when He was baptized. 4. -Intercedes. 5. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God. This is my beloved Son. -Vex the Spirit. 5. -Has a will. went up straightway out of the water. -Lie to the Spirit. -Loves. -Grieve the Spirit. 3. in whom I am well pleased. 4.3. -Blaspheme the Spirit. and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. and.ANSWERS TO SELF-TESTS CHAPTER ONE: 1. And Jesus. the heavens were opened unto Him.4. -Quench the Spirit. and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16) An emblem represents something. 3. The Holy Spirit: -Has a mind. -Resist the Spirit. -Speaks. and lighting upon Him. (Matthew 3:16-17) Father. This means He has feelings that can be affected by the actions of man. -Searches out the human mind. Son. 5. It is a symbol which has a special meaning. lo.
-Approval -Protection/Guidance -Purifying -The gift of the Holy Spirit -Judgment 5. -The Spirit of God -The Spirit of Christ -Eternal Spirit -Spirit of Truth -Spirit of Grace -Spirit of Life -Spirit of Glory -Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation -The Comforter -Spirit of Promise -Spirit of Holiness -Spirit of Faith -Spirit of Adoption
CHAPTER THREE: 1. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26) -He came upon the leaders of Israel. -He came upon their places of worship. -He guided them to the Promised Land. -He will come upon Israel during the Tribulation. -He will come upon Israel during the Millennium. True. 2, 1, 3 John 16:7-11 The Holy Spirit is the restraining spiritual force that limits the power of Satan. Jesus was: -Conceived by the Spirit. -Anointed by the Spirit. 236
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-Sealed by the Spirit. -Led by the Spirit. -Empowered by the Spirit. -Filled by the Spirit. -Troubled in the Spirit. -Rejoiced in the Spirit. -Offered through the Spirit. -Raised from the dead by the Spirit. -Commanded His disciples through the Spirit. 8. The Holy Spirit: -Formed it. -Inspires its worship. -Directs its missionary activities. -Selects its ministers. -Anoints its preachers. -Guides its decisions. -Baptizes it with power. The Holy Spirit: -Convicts -Sanctifies -Dwells within -Unites -Guides -Conforms to the image of Christ -Gives assurance of salvation -Gives liberty -Empowers for witnessing -Demonstrates God`s power
-Regenerates -Baptizes -Strengthens -Intercedes -Demonstrates love -Reveals truth -Teaches -Speaks through him -Comforts -Quickens
They become a powerful witness of the Gospel. Acts 1:8.
CHAPTER FOUR: 1. But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) -Repent and be baptized -Believe it is for you -Desire it -Accept it as a gift 237
-Yield to God -Request the prayers of other believers 3. 4. 5. Speaking in a language not known to the speaker. To make the Christian a powerful witness for the Gospel. Acts 1:8. -Every Christian receives the Holy Spirit when he is converted. -The Bible says not all speak with tongues. -Fear. -It is an emotional experience. No. To completely immerse or submerge in something. -Acts 2:2-4 -Acts 10:44-46 -Acts 19:6
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CHAPTER FIVE: 1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. (I Corinthians 12:1) A talent is a natural ability inherited at birth or developed through training. A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability which did not come by inheritance or training. It is a super-natural ability given by the Holy Spirit for specific spiritual purposes. -Perfect the saints. -Promote the work of the ministry. -Edify Christ and the Church. We will: -Become united in the faith. -Develop our knowledge of Christ. -Develop in perfection, with Christ as our model. -Become stable, not deceived by false doctrines. -Mature spiritually in Christ. Yes. I Peter 4:10 and I Corinthians 12:7 and 11. -Not using gifts given to you. 238
-Attempting to use gifts not given to you. -Not using gifts properly. -Glorifying your gift. 7. 8. 9. The Holy Spirit. Love. I Corinthians 13. Counterfeit gifts do not fulfill the Scriptural purposes for spiritual gifts given in Ephesians 4:12-15. They do not agree with what the Bible teaches about Jesus. Those who are counterfeit will display personal characteristics such as listed in II Peter 2 and Jude. Spiritual gifts are supernatural abilities given by the Holy Spirit to believers to enable effective ministry. All spiritual gifts are for today because the purposes for which they were given are not yet fulfilled. Spiritual gifts will operate until "that which is perfect" comes. This means the establishing of Christ's kingdom on earth. The gift of the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost. Gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural spiritual abilities available for believers. a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. T F F F F T T T T
CHAPTER SIX: 1. And He gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers. (Ephesians 4:11) -Apostles -Prophets -Evangelists -Pastors -Teachers 239
5 C False. 4.3.1. as it hath pleased Him. 6. Because each one is a special leadership position in the church. shall be servant of all. b. c. And whosoever of you will be the chiefest. 2. CHAPTER EIGHT : 1. But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body.4. True. and support in both spiritual 240 3. (I Corinthians 12:18) -Prophecy -Teaching -Exhortation -Word of wisdom -Word of knowledge 2. 2. 5.5 -Special gifts -Speaking gifts -Serving gifts -Sign gifts CHAPTER SEVEN: 1. 2. . a.3. 5. (Mark 10:44) -Discerning of spirits -Leadership -Administration -Faith -Giving -Helps -Serving -Mercy -Hospitality Because they serve to provide structure. organization. True.1. 3.3. 4. True.4.
A person with the gift of helps assists someone in their ministry but does not relieve them of the responsibility. 5.T.5. 8. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God. if we neglect so great salvation. f. g. The gift is for power. The gift of leadership motivates and leads others to accomplish specific goals for the glory of God.8 False. Serving differs from helps in that it relieves someone of certain duties. organize. d.4. 9. By hearing the W ord of God. 9. h. John 20:30-31. according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4) -Miracles -Healing -Tongues -Interpretation of tongues That ye might believe Jesus is the Christ. 184.108.40.206. One who serves assumes the responsibility for certain tasks to free another to exercise their spiritual gift. God also bearing them witness. That believing you might have life through His name.F.F.1 a. e. 5. How shall we escape.11. The fruit is for character. 4. which is in 241 .F 2. CHAPTER TEN: 1. The definition of faith is given in Hebrews 11:1.4.F.3. 4. c. b. and with divers miracles. 6. 2.T. both with signs and wonders. and gifts of the Holy Ghost.7. A person with the gift of administration has the ability to direct. 10. Romans 10:17.and practical areas. and make decisions on behalf of another. 7. which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord. CHAPTER NINE: 1.F. and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.F.
8. Seek a spiritual gift. (Galatians 5:22-23) 9. Meekness. Fill a spiritual need. -Love -Joy -Peace -Longsuffering -Gentleness -Goodness -Faith -Meekness -Temperance 4. CHAPTER ELEVEN: 1. temperance: against such there is no law. faith. (Timothy 1:6) 2. Galatians 5:22-23. -Accomplish purposes and objectives -Conduct spiritual warfare -Avoid abuse -Avoid frustration -Assume responsibility Step One: Step Two: Step Three: Step Four: Step Five: Step Six: Step Seven: Step Eight: Step Nine: Step Ten: Step Eleven: Step Twelve: Step Thirteen: Step Fourteen: Be born again. Analyze past Christian service. Laying on of hands. Evaluate your ministry. joy. Inner fruit of Christ-like spiritual qualities.thee by the putting on of my hands. Evangelism.5.4. Identify gifts you think you might have. Know the spiritual gifts. gentleness. John 15:16 But the fruit of the Spirit is love. Identify spiritual needs. Complete the spiritual gifts questionnaires.1 242 6.7. 2. Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Analyze your spiritual interests. goodness. . peace. 3. 3.2.6. being a powerful witness of the Gospel message. Analysis by a Christian leader. Observe models of the gifts. 5. longsuffering.
7.10. (Galatians 5:19-21) 2. space. (See Romans 5:1 and Philippians 4:7). fornication. 3. seditions. as I have also told you in time past.8.15. that it may bring forth more fruit. Works of the flesh. revellings. (John 15:2) Fruit. wrath. attached to the vine. rest. lasciviousness. Fruit carries the seeds of reproduction in the spirit world. pruning.12 CHAPTER THIRTEEN: 1. root system. uncleanness. Now the works of the flesh are manifest.14. Peace with God is obtained by being justified and forgiven for sin. emulations. water. CHAPTER TWELVE: 1. The fruit of the Spirit is important because it is not enough to have the appearance of spirituality. air. much fruit. We must have spiritual fruit for it is by this that we are known to be of God.4. 243 .9. and every branch that beareth fruit He purgeth it.7. and such like.13.5. 2. Envyings. heresies. murders.11. death. drunkenness. Peace of God is received after this experience. Life. soil. which are these: Adultery. Galatians 5:16 17. that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.3.16. hatred. of the which I tell you before. 3. light. 8. strife. more fruit. Idolatry.2. 4. variance. It is peace God gives for daily living. permanent fruit. climate.1. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away. witchcraft.6.
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